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Outside Groups Have A Leg Up On RNC In 'Ballot Security' Efforts

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The consent decree does not apply to programs designed to smooth functioning of the electoral process, but instead just "ballot security" efforts aimed at preventing unqualified voters from casting ballots.

Any group other than the RNC -- even if, like the RNLA ,they are closely aligned with the national committee and have featured Chairman Michael Steele at their events -- are not subject to the restrictions.

The RNC had argued that the decree should be vacated for several reasons -- but specifically cited the fact that Steele is an African-American as part of their case. But a judge ruled that voter intimidation presented an ongoing threat to the participation of minorities in the political process.

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