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Judge: Mich. can’t reject voters with bad address

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The Associated Press |

A judge has ordered Michigan election officials to stop automatically canceling a voter’s registration if the card is returned as undeliverable. Federal Judge Stephen Murphy in Detroit ruled Monday in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and a group representing college students. More than 1,400 voters in that category have been disqualified so far in 2008. The judge says it’s unclear how many cancelations actually are wrong but it’s a violation of federal law. Murphy says those people shouldn’t be prevented from voting if they can produce more proof of residency at the polls.

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