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Voters cast their ballots in Sutton, New Hampshire. Photo: Ryan McBride/AFP/Getty Images

A New Hampshire Superior Court judge on Monday temporarily blocked the state from applying new voter registration requirements in the midterm elections in two weeks amid concerns from critics who said it deliberately targets college students and others who are more likely to vote Democratic.

Why it matters: Republicans narrowly lost New Hampshire in 2016. President Trump claimed voter fraud, but Judge Kenneth Brown ruled that voter fraud is extremely rare and that the law will "result in potentially significant increases in waiting times at polling places throughout the state, particularly those with large turnout." He added because "the law threatens to disenfranchise an individual’s right to vote, the only viable remedy is to enjoin its enforcement."

Supporters of the measure, signed into law last year, argue that tightening residency requirements for those who register to vote on Election Day would prevent voter fraud and increase voter confidence. It required voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election to prove they intend to become permanent New Hampshire residents. Opponents labeled it as an unnecessary barrier to the ballot box, adding that it would dissuaded people from voting.

  • Last year, a judge had allowed the law to take effect. But he said further hearings were necessary and blocked penalties of a $5,000 fine and potential jail sentences of up to a year for failing to submit residence paperwork 

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."