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A federal judge has upheld a North Carolina law that requires residents to show photo identification before voting. Yesterday a 485-page ruling, Thomas D. Schroeder of the Federal District Court in Winston-Salem wrote that the law served a “legitimate state interest” with the aim to “detect and deter fraud.” Schroeder upheld the Republican-backed law, which includes the ID requirement, reducing the early voting period, and ending same-day registration.  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, initiated the bill in August 2013, whose critics argue that it targets minority voters.

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