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Judge Blocks Voter Registration Rule

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A judge says Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz did not have the authority to create a new rule aimed at ridding voter registration rolls of voters who didn't appear to be U.S. citizens.

Polk County Judge Scott Rosenberg on Wednesday delivered a victory to the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, which sued Schultz over the rule he tried to pass as an emergency just before the November 2012 general election. The proposal was stopped but Schultz then created a permanent rule in March 2013.
  
Rosenberg says in his ruling Wednesday that state law does not authorize Schultz to create a rule that would cancel a voter's registration based on citizenship questions.
  
Rosenberg says the rule is stricken and prohibits Schultz from taking any action pursuant to the rule.

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