The Ottumwa Courier

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June 26, 2013

Voter group watching for changes

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"Things have somewhat changed," said VerSteegh. "But now states have tried to bar Latinos from voting. As long as you have a driver's license, you can register to vote. That 'motor voter' part is acceptable to the high court. But we will still have what we have in place now. We have poll watchers, a Republican and a Democrat, who can [call someone a liar] if they provide false information about their identity."

Dell said she sees the new ruling as being similar to the days when redistricting was done within states to benefit one political group or another.

"Iowa is protected [because our] redistricting is done according to the census every 10 years," Dell said.

With the main decision now made, the league will concentrate locally on its latest priority.

"We're really going to focus on voter registration for new citizens," Dell said. "We have an opportunity July 9 to vote again. What the league is hoping is that we can remind people government goes on all year long."

— To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

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