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.