Fed­eral ap­peals court up­holds Vir­ginia voter iden­ti­fi­ca­tion law

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A fed­eral ap­peals court has up­held a state law re­quir­ing vot­ers to show photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at the polls.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals re­jected Tues­day a chal­lenge from Democrats, who ar­gued that the law sup­presses vot­ing by blacks, Lati­nos and youths.

The same court re­cently struck down a North Carolina law re­quir­ing vot­ers to pro­duce a photo ID.

That law also scrapped same-day reg­is­tra­tion and short­ened early vot­ing pe­ri­ods.

Vir­gini­ans can ob­tain free photo IDs at voter reg­is­trar of­fices, but Democrats say few peo­ple know about that op­tion be­cause the state has done lit­tle to spread the word.

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