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A federal judge has blocked Texas from enforcing five provisions of new voter registration laws that a national non-partisan group said make it harder to register people to vote.

Voting for America complained to the federal court in Galveston that the new laws unconstitutionally restrict voter registration drives from gathering public voter information. The new laws also limit who can hand out voter registration cards and who can collect the completed registration forms.

In a 94-page opinion filed Thursday in Galveston, U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa blocked the state from enforcing most of those restrictions.

GOP lawmakers say the new rules are necessary to prevent voter registration fraud.

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