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Groups fight voting restrictions

September 14, 2006

Another voting-related court challenge. Some voter and civil rights groups say new restrictions limit their ability to sign up voters.

Today critics testified against regulations that prevent groups from photocopying or double-checking voter forms before they're sealed in envelopes. Some organizations that hold voter registration drives say the rules make it impossible for them to ensure voters sign up properly.

Albany NAACP Chapter President William Wright says the rules aren't clear-cut and hinder registration.

"We've been doing it another way all along. Why do we need to change it this close to the election? You have to become suspicious about things that always crop up and especially when something is going to have an impact on a certain group of people," says Wright.

A coalition is asking for a federal court injunction to prevent the rules from being enforced in November's general election.

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