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Monday, October 04, 2010

Federal judge ruled Ohio voting law unconstitutional
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On October 4, 2006, a judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled that an Ohio voting law requiring naturalized citizens to provide proof of citizenship if challenged by poll workers was unconstitutional. The judge held that the voting rule encouraged racial profiling. The rule was part of the HB 3 election reform bill, which also required voters who could not prove their identity at the time of voting to instead cast a temporary ballot that would not be counted if the voter failed to provide citizenship documentation to a county elections board within 10 days of the vote.

Learn more about voting rights in the US from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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