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In this Sept. 17, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama reaches over the crowd to shake hands with a young girl during a campaign event in Cincinnati. The U.S. presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.

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Provisional ballots could be hanging chads of 2012

New voting laws in key states could force a lot more voters to cast provisional ballots this election, delaying results in close races for days while election officials scrutinize ballots and campaigns wage legal battles over which ones should get counted.

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