Voter ID Law Precleared

I’m too tired to write anything worth reading of my own, so I’m going to copy and paste from the AJC.

A law requiring Georgians to show government-issued photo identification in order to vote was approved by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday as opponents immediately vowed a legal challenge.

House Bill 244, which created one of the most restrictive voter identification laws in the nation, was among the most fiercely debated measures of the 2005 state legislative session.

Republican leaders said the requirement was necessary to prevent voter fraud and ensure the integrity of the ballot. But the act prompted an outcry from Democrats, who argued it would disenfranchise thousands of poor, elderly and minority voters who do not have a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

African-American legislators were particularly incensed. They compared the bill to poll taxes, literacy tests and other tactics used to prevent black people from voting in the South in years past.

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5 comments

  1. rickday says:

    I am a certified poll manager. The most difficult people to deal with are those over the age of 80. One lady cried for 20 minutes because she was not sure if she voted for the right “John” or not.

    I have seen every form of ID allowed under the old law (I believe there were 13 of them) except for a state issued DL/ID. ONly the elderly have to show alternative forms of ID. Most whip out their DL.

    The first time we have to shoo Old Aunt Cora (from the poll we all know she has voted at for the last 30 years), home without voting, because Aunt Cora never got a drivers license, there will be hell to pay. And it won’t be directed at the Legislature (that day). It will be directed at me, and my fellow poll workers, her neighbors, relatives and chruch bretheren and sisteren.

    Once I thought the Republicans manipulated the elderly with (fear) reefer madness stories to perpetuate re-electing prohibitionists. Looks like the Republicans feel they don’t need the over 70 vote anymore.

    If you suddenly force an elderly person to jump through hoops to walk the same walk they have taken for decades, that elderly person will not soon forget the hoop makers. And old folk hate hoops.

    I do so love watching Republicans eat themselves.

  2. Silence says:

    RickDay,

    Two apparatus are in place to avoid disinfranchising the senior vote:

    A. Mobile ID issuing stations

    B. Seniors have the ability to identify themselves at the polls with an expired driver’s license.

    I do agree with you that old folks hate hoops: however, you might try reading the legislation before an attempt at a sardonic criticism.

  3. Booray says:

    Thank you to Cecil Staton, David Shafer, Erick Erickson, Eric Johnson, Bill Stephens, Lewis Massey, Joe Burton, Sue Burmeister, Randy Evans, Glenn Richardson – and everyone else who is supposed to be responsible for the writing of this law!

    Good work on behalf of the voters of Georgia! 🙂

    Booray Bussey

  4. Tater Tate says:

    Although photo id got all the attention, the larger elections bill, of which photo id was a part, is good for Republicans overall. This is good for Georgia.

    Now watch as the left tries to do it the courts what they could not do through the legislature, the governor, and the Justice Department.

    An activist judge will probably take this up if the NAACP will fund the lawyers.

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