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Senate Democrats, Republicans battle over voting laws

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats and Republicans sparred Wednesday over whether voter ID laws, attempts to purge voter rolls, and restricted early voting were legitimate efforts to stop fraud or mainly Republican strategies to hold down Democratic votes.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat, and former Florida governor Charlie Crist, a former Republican who recently turned Democrat, said the state GOP aimed its efforts at Hispanics and African-Americans. They cited as one example the elimination of early voting on the Sunday before the election, when members of those groups historically vote after church.

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