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New laws and rulings could cause Election Day confusion

Posted September 23

In this Sept. 15, 2016 photo, the Rev. Moses Colbert poses for a photo at his church in Gastonia, N.C. As Americans prepare to cast ballots for the next president, the voting process has never been more convoluted. A federal appeals court over the summer struck down several parts of a North Carolina law that not only required voters to show photo ID but also reduced early voting and eliminated same-day registration during the early voting period. Colbert, a black pastor from Kings Mountain, N.C., was among those who challenged the law after finding himself unable to vote in 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

— With Election Day fast approaching, the nation's voting process seems more convoluted than ever.

More than 120 million Americans are expected to cast ballots in November under rules that vary widely by state. In some places, people can register the same day they vote, while others must do so weeks in advance.

Some voters must show photo ID, while others do not.

Fourteen states have new voting and registration rules in place. While recent court decisions have rolled back some of the more far-reaching restrictions, they've also created headaches for officials to make sure they're complying with the latest rules.

The rules and rapidly shifting landscape have already caused confusion, and some experts fear problems on Nov. 8.


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