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Federal judge approves settlement over Ohio voter ID law

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April 29, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

COLUMBUS, Ohio: Northern District of Ohio federal judge Alegon Marbley approved a settlement involving Ohio's voter identification and provisional ballot law on April 19, 2010[1].

The judge ordered Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to pay over $500,000 in legal fees in 60 days after the judge approved a settlement between the Secretary of State and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless which stems off a 2006 lawsuit over the voter identification law[1]

As part of the agreement, voters in Ohio are not required to buy photo identification and can vote a provisional ballot if no identification is provided. Secretary of State Brunner must issue a directive to all county elections officials over the settlement agreement. The settlement runs until 2013[1].

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