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Georgia: Voter ID Law Defeated Again In Court PDF Print Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
September 20, 2006

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. has ruled that the latest version of Georgia Voter ID law violates the constitutional rights of the state's voters. Bedford argued that the law placed an undue burden on voters even if voters are allowed to cast provisional ballots without the required identification. The ruling was the latest in a series of court decisions against the Georgia law.

In his ruling Bedford wrote "Any attempt by the Legislature to require more than what is required by the express language of our Constitution cannot withstand judicial scrutiny."

The law was challenged by Rosalind Lake, an elderly African American woman who was left partially blind after being nearly electrocuted in her home, is unable to drive and could not easily obtain a voter ID, her attorney said.

Proponents of the law cited an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article that claimed 5,000 dead people were listed as having voted in the eight elections preceding 2000. However, the lawyer for the paintiffs, former governor Roy Barnes, noted that the fraud happened primarily in absentee balloting and under the law being challenged, absentee voters are not required to show identification.

The Washington Post quoted Barnes "This is the most sinister scheme I've ever seen and it's going on nationwide." Indeed, the court’s decision served as a prelude to today’s debate of a similar bill on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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