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This week looks to be dominated by voter ID and Romney-Ryan. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson is set to release his decision on the ID bill sometime this week, and legal/voting experts around the country (and in the Dept of Justice) will be watching intently. From Karen Langley:

Some election law experts around the country are watching existing and potential challenges to the Pennsylvania law, staying aprised of the state's acknowledgement that it knows of no cases of in-person voter fraud and discussing through email details of the Department of Justice letter. Some said that even if the Justice Department does object to the law under the Voting Rights Act, it is highly unlikely to do so before the November elections, instead watching for the conclusion of a challenge in state court. The judge in that case has said he expects to rule in the coming week.

A project of college journalism students across the country and based at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University looked for documented evidence of election-day voter fraud nationwide and found it to be "virtually nonexistent":

A new nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 cases of alleged election fraud over the past dozen years shows that in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which has prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tougher voter ID laws, was virtually nonexistent.

The analysis of 2,068 reported fraud cases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight investigative reporting project, found 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation since 2000.

With 146 million registered voters in the United States, those represent about one for every 15 million prospective voters.

The News21 report is based on a national public-records search in which reporters sent thousands of requests to elections officers in all 50 states, asking for every case of alleged fraudulent activity -- including registration fraud; absentee-ballot fraud; vote buying; false election counts; campaign fraud; the casting of ballots by ineligible voters, such as felons and noncitizens; double voting; and voter impersonation.

Tom Infield at the Inquirer profiled Judge Simpson, a Democrat turned Republican. Clergy in Philly rallied against the voter ID bill last night.

Next up we'll do a roundup of Paul Ryan VP reactions.

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