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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is still deciding on whether to allow the state's new rules that require voters to show picture ID when voting will be allowed this election. In case it is approved, Kathleen Herbert went to a downtown Philadelphia DMV office to get her photo ID updated for voting. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Voter Purges Under Review Ahead Of Election Day

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Two Decisions May Make Voting Easier In Florida

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A child waits with a box of food at a mobile food bank in Oswego, N.Y., in June. New census data show that 46.2 million people in the U.S. lived below the poverty line last year. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In South Carolina, Pennsylvania and several other states, new voter ID laws are being challenged in court just eight weeks before the general election. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Recession Still Hurting U.S. Families Trying To Put Food On The Table

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Protesters hold signs in Allentown, Pa., om July 25 as the Commonwealth Court holds hearings on voter ID laws. Stephen Flood/Express-Times /Landov hide caption

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Pre-Election Legal Battles Target Voting Rules

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Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama poses with National Urban League President Marc Morial on Aug. 2, 2008. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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A voter casts a ballot during the Republican primary election April 24 in Philadelphia. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images hide caption

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