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US Election Updates - September 24, 2012

Voting laws may disenfranchise 10 million Hispanics

New voting laws in 23 of the 50 states could prevent more than 10 million Hispanic U.S. citizens from registering and voting, according to a new study.

The number is so large, it is believed that it could affect the outcome of the November 6 election.

The Latino community make up more than 10 percent of eligible voters nationally.

However, the share in some states is high enough that keeping Hispanic voters away from the polls could shift support away from Democratic President Barack Obama and to his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

The laws include purges of people suspected of not being citizens in 16 states that unfairly target Latinos, the civil rights group Advancement Project said in the study, due to be formally released on Monday.

The laws are in effect in one state and pending in two others and require proof of citizenship for voter registration. The requirement imposes onerous and sometimes expensive documentation requirements on voters, especially targeting naturalized American citizens, many of whom are Latino, the group said.

Republican-led state legislatures have passed most of the new laws since the party won sweeping victories in state and local elections in 2010.

Republicans claim they are targeting voter fraud, while the Democrats, with support from several studies, say voter fraud is almost non-existent.

Nationwide polls show Obama leading Romney among Hispanic voters by 70 percent.

The Hispanic vote is seen as crucial in battleground states such as Nevada, Colorado and Florida.