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Judge to rule soon on constitutionality of voter registration law

| Thursday, June 2, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

A federal judge in Pittsburgh promised on Wednesday that she would rule "sooner rather than later" on the constitutionality of a state law that regulates how organizations pay workers who register people to vote.

The plaintiffs in the case, Project Vote and former Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now local office director Maryellen Hayden, said the so-called quota law is unconstitutional because it's too vague and bans paying workers based on the number of people they register.

The state says that it can ban per-registration commissions or bonuses because the practice encourages workers to submit fraudulent registrations and burdens the state's electoral process.

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer took the arguments under advisement and said she would rule on the competing motions for summary judgment in less than the 90 days it usually takes.

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