No photo ID needed for special elections.

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ROME, Ga. – A federal judge has again blocked the state of Georgia from enforcing its voter photo ID law – this time during 30-plus local special elections next week – but he did not extend that order to include the general elections in November.

U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy also didn’t prevent the state from moving forward with its efforts to educate the public about the law in time for the Nov. 7 elections.

In fact, Murphy commended the state for its efforts to inform voters that under the new law they must present at the polls a valid form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or U.S. passport.

However, he said halting the law during next week’s elections is in the public’s interest and will not harm the state’s preparations for November.

“There are not many people with voter ID cards when the evidence shows that there are thousands and thousands and thousands of people” that don’t already have a state-approved photo ID, Murphy said.

Murphy said he will hear arguments later on whether or not the law should be in effect in November.

One comment

  1. pvsys says:

    Unfortunately, due to this ruling, the honest voters who only vote once in their own name are going to suffer MORE as their vote continues to get slightly diluted by the fraudsters.

    And, personally, I don’t have a real big problem with someone not getting to vote because they didn’t have an ID because this is a rule which applies equally to everyone, is NOT a large burden, and if someone can’t take the responsibility to get a photo ID, they are on average the type of person who would also not lift a finger to research the candidates and the issues.

    If the blind philosophy of “everyone should vote” is so great, why don’t we extend the voting age down to 4 year olds? Or maybe my cat should be allowed to vote? My point is that I’d be the first to scream if there were some kind of undue burden places upon voters… but I think it is ridiculous that you can’t write a check at a grocery store (or do MANY other day-to-day things) without a driver’s license or photo id to prove that you are who you say you are… but we are then going to be so trusting with potential voters who are deciding who will lead our country?

    And, as I said, for every 1 “disenfranchised” voter who didn’t have an ID if/when IDs are required, I think there are many more fraudulent votes when IDs are not required. So the honest voters are MORE disenfranchised via their votes getting diluted when IDs are not required.

    –Rob McEwen

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