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Legislative panel doesn't stop voter purge rule

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A new voting rule proposed by Secretary of State Matt Schultz will likely go into effect later this month after a legislative committee that oversees state government agency rules failed to stop it.

The Administrative Rules Review Committee on Friday voted 5-5 on a motion to object to the rule. Democrats supported the motion while Republicans voted against it. The motion needed at least six votes to pass. That means the rules goes into effect automatically on March 27.

The rule establishes a way to remove from voter registration lists an individual whose citizenship is questioned.

The ACLU of Iowa wanted the committee to halt implementation of the rule so lawmakers could consider the issue.

The ACLU plans to continue challenging the proposed rule in court.

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