Voter ID re­quired

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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