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No challenge to young voter restriction before election

Associated Press

Port Huron – Lawyers for Michigan college Democrats have dropped their bid to challenge voting rules before the Nov. 6 election.

A court hearing scheduled for Friday was scratched after a request for an injunction was dropped. Young Democrats still are challenging a law that requires voters to vote in person in their first election if they registered by mail.

They say the restriction prevents students from voting in college towns and discourages them from participating. Their home might be hours away from college.

Port Huron federal Judge Robert Cleland had pledged to make a decision as quickly as possible, but it’s no longer necessary. The case now is on hold until Jan. 9 when the judge meets with lawyers for students and the secretary of state.