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A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry passes out stickers on Dec. 16 in Cherokee, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (center, in the blue shirt) greets voters outside a polling place in Ellicott City, Md., in 2010. Ehrlich campaign manager Paul Schurick is now facing charges for allegedly discouraging voters from going to the polls on Election Day. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Maryland Case May Discourage Political Dirty Tricks

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Joseph Byrd, unemployed and living on disability, prepares to pick up groceries at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger food pantry in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2010. The new experimental poverty measure takes into account cost of living associated with geographic differences. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says that both parties need to "tone it down." The Republican says he doesn't believe you need to have a voter ID to "provide for voter security." Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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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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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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New Programs Aim To Close The Wealth Gap

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Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Rises Past 2009 Level

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