Pa. accused of violating U.S. voter registration law

    A new lawsuit says Pennsylvania’s state government isn’t living up to the requirements that public assistance agencies distribute voter registration applications to clients.

    The suit, filed Thursday, names Gov. Tom Corbett’s secretaries who head his agencies in charge of health, public welfare and elections.

    The suit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia by Action United and the Black Political Empowerment Project.


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    It accuses the state of an ongoing disregard of its requirements under the National Voter Registration Act.

    A spokesman for the state elections bureau said agency hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t comment on it. The presidential election is four months away and the deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.

    Massachusetts, Nevada and Louisiana are also defending themselves against similar lawsuits.

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