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Top Official Says DOJ Prepared To Sue States Over MOVE Act Even After Election Day, Takes Aim At IL GOP

The head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said his department is prepared to sue states over military voters' rights even after Tuesday's mid-term elections if necessary, and he took sharp aim at Illinois Republicans whom he accused of seeking privileges that are "quite literally unprecedented in our nation's history.""People who are serving our nation should have the right to cast a ballot and ensure that that ballot is counted," Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez said Wednesday. "And so we will continue to vigilantly enforce [the] law to make sure that happens."In October 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Military and Overseas Voter Empower Act, or MOVE Act, requiring states to transmit absentee ballots to military and other eligible voters abroad no later than 45 days before a federal election. States can request "undue hardship" waivers from the Defense Department, but nearly a dozen states have still struggled to meet the requirements of the new law.Republ...

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