Dr. Brenda Williams, right, with her husband, Dr. Joe Williams, in their Sumter, S.C. medical clinic. The two routinely register their patients to vote. Brenda also seeks out new voters at the county jail.

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A Push To Register New Voters Reaches Behind Bars

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Voters stand at the voting booths inside the gymnasium at West Ashley Middle School in Charleston, S.C., in January 2008. This year, South Carolina passed a law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. It still needs approval from the U.S. Justice Department, but it has voting rights advocates worried.

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Opponents Say S.C.'s Voting Law Unfair For The Poor

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Voters waited in long lines in Birmingham, Ala., to cast their ballots in the 2008 presidential elections. But next year, the lines across the country may be longer as state election offices face budget cuts. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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Voters May Face Slower Lines In 2012 Elections

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New Programs Aim To Close The Wealth Gap

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Making It In The U.S.: More Than Just Hard Work

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Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Rises Past 2009 Level

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The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 in 2009, according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Census: 2010 Saw Poverty Rate Increase, Income Drop

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USDA: Increased Food Aid Kept Hunger Rate Steady

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End Of An Era: A Telethon Without Jerry Lewis

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Michigan Department of Human Services caseworker Sandy Satchel works at the Family Independence Agency in Detroit. In the past few years, welfare caseloads have dropped 2 percent in Michigan while unemployment has risen 54 percent, a trend that's reflected in other states. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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In Hard Times, Welfare Cases Drop In Some States

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Study Shows Racial Wealth Gap Grows Wider

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A voter casts a ballot in a Democratic primary on July 12 in Wisconsin, one of seven states to enact voter ID laws this year. Dinesh Ramde/AP hide caption

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The Politics Behind New Voter ID Laws

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Ex-Homeless Speak Out To Change Perceptions

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Food Bank Shortages Lead To Innovation

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