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GA Appeals Judge Blocks Voter ID Enforcement

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Ga. appeals restraining order on voter IDs

ATLANTA – Georgia’s attorney general filed an emergency appeal Monday of a court order that blocks the state from enforcing its new voter photo identification law during next week’s primary elections.

The new law requires that every voter who casts a ballot in person produce a valid, government-issued photo ID. Elections officials had already distributed several dozen of the new voter photo IDs to people, primarily seniors, who don’t have a driver’s license, passport or other qualifying photo ID.

Attorney General Thurbert E. Baker filed the appeal in Georgia Supreme Court on behalf of Gov. Sonny Perdue, according to Richard Diguette, a spokesman for Georgia’s high court.

The motion seeks to stay the temporary restraining order issued Friday by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland.

In his sharply worded ruling, Westmoreland said the voter ID law "unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote rather than regulate it" and would cause "irreparable harm."

Former Gov. Roy Barnes had requested the restraining order, arguing before the judge Thursday that the law violates the state’s constitution, which he said guarantees the right to vote. Barnes said it would keep poor, elderly and minority voters from the polls.

A federal challenge to the new law also is pending and arguments in that case are scheduled Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Rome.

Georgia’s primary elections are set for July 18.

Maybe the judge and Former Governor Barnes (D) should actually read Georgia’s Constitution:

Right to register and vote. Every person who is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Georgia as defined by law, who is at least 18 years of age and not disenfranchised by this article, and who meets minimum residency requirements as provided by law shall be entitled to vote at any election by the people.

Anyway, why can’t we have voter registration rules that are at least as stringent as Mexico’s?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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