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.