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Judge Halts Proposed Iowa Voter Purge Rule

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   A judge has issued an order that prevents Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz from moving forward with a rule that could have purged voters from registration rolls if their names showed up as noncitizens in a federal database.
   The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit in 2012 challenging the rule Schultz proposed just prior to the November general election.
   The ACLU argues the rule intimidates immigrant voters, including those who may have become recent citizens, and discourages them from voting or registering.
   Judge Scott Rosenberg says Wednesday the ACLU has shown sufficiently the rule could chill the right to vote and may cause harm.
   His ruling prevents Schultz from moving forward until the lawsuit can be heard in court.
   Schultz says he's disappointed in the ruling.

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