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Voter ID

I quit driving a couple of years ago for health reasons; my driving was so bad that the health of others was in jeopardy. Just kidding (somewhat). Why I quit doesn’t matter. But I still had a valid driver’s license to take care of any identification needs that might arise. Even after the license expired […] Read More

After twice sponsoring laws requiring picture IDs in order to vote only to have them ruled unconstitutional by courts, a Georgia lawmaker with moderate Baptist ties now wants to amend the state’s constitution to stop judges from thwarting the will of the state Legislature. State Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, is a member of <?xml:namespace prefix […] Read More

An Atlanta judge on Tuesday struck down the latest version of Georgia’s controversial law requiring voters to show a photo ID, saying it violates the state constitution. “The right to vote is a fundamental right of citizenship,” ruled State Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   […] Read More

The same federal judge who last year blocked enforcement of a law requiring Georgia voters to present picture IDs to go the polls on Wednesday also said a new law aimed at fixing constitutional problems in the old one cannot be used in next Tuesday’s primaries. The U.S. Justice Department cleared a Republican-backed voter ID […] Read More

Georgia’s Republican-controlled state election board has decided to require voters to present government-issued ID cards in order to cast ballots in primary elections only weeks away. The U.S. Justice Department cleared a Republican-backed voter ID law June 28 requiring Georgians voting at the polls to present a driver’s license or other form of government-issued picture […] Read More

A federal appeals court on Thursday kept in place an injunction blocking enforcement of Georgia’s voter ID law, while sending the case back to a lower court in light of a new bill passed by state lawmakers last month. The procedural vote was viewed as a win for opponents of the law. Lawyers for the […] Read More

African-American lawmakers entering Georgia’s 2006 legislative session Jan. 9 are poised for a battle to repeal a law passed last year requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls. “I’m putting on the armor,” Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan told the Associated Press. “Nothing they can do will fix the bill. It’s a bad […] Read More

The House sponsor of Georgia’s controversial voter ID bill has fired back at a newspaper report implying race was part of her rationale. State Rep. Sue Burmeister, R-Augusta, sponsored the House version of a state law requiring voters at polling places to provide a photo ID. The General Assembly adopted the law this year. Gov. […] Read More

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking Georgia’s controversial voter-ID law, saying it amounts to a poll tax and is ineffective in combating voter fraud. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Rome, Ga., is a first-round win for a number of plaintiffs, […] Read More

Civil rights groups are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to block implementation of a Georgia law supported by a freshman state senator and president of a company that publishes religious literature for moderate Baptists, claiming it violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965. <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Cecil Staton, president Smyth […] Read More