Rob Christiensen

News and Observer

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Chief political writer at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina and author of The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events that Shaped Modern North Carolina

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Republicans now control legislatures in more than half the states and, in many they're passing laws requiring voters to bring state-issued photo-identification to the polls.

Will New Voter ID Laws Protect the Polls or Suppress Turnout?

Republicans now control legislatures in more than half the states and, in many they're passing laws requiring voters to bring state-issued photo-identification to the polls.

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Red-State Republicans are enacting laws to require voters to identify themselves at the polls with picture-identification not everybody has access to.

Election Fraud, Voter ID and Gerrymandering

Red-State Republicans are enacting laws to require voters to identify themselves at the polls with picture-identification not everybody has access to.

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