Voter ID required
Georgia voters will be required to show a photo ID at the polls for a special election in September, following several years of court and legislative battles, the secretary of state said July 31.
Opponents claim the photo ID law will disenfranchise minorities, the poor and the elderly who don’t have driver’s licenses or other valid government-issued photo IDs. Supporters say it is needed to prevent voter fraud.
A lawsuit contended the 2006 law was an undue burden on voters, and a Fulton County judge agreed, ruling the law unconstitutional. The Georgia Supreme Court threw out the case, though, finding the plaintiff lacked legal standing to challenge the law. On July 27, the high court denied a motion to reconsider.
Secretary of State Karen Handel said the refusal to reconsider cleared the way for Georgia to implement the law for its Sept. 18 special election.
A lawyer challenging the law in federal court said he will ask a judge to block it yet again, the Associated Press reports.