State Supremes take up photo ID fight.

Today at 2 pm the State Supreme Court will hear debate on the photo ID law:

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, now a lawyer in private practice, argued successfully that requiring voters to produce a government-issued photo ID at the polls placed a condition on voting above what is called for in the Georgia Constitution. Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. agreed, calling it an unlawful “prerequisite” to voting.

The state essentially has argued that the Legislature has the authority to regulate voting by requiring that voters prove their identity.


  1. John Galt says:

    But doesn’t requiring drivers to produce a government-issued photo ID to a police officer place a condition on driving?

    Voting, like driving, is a privilege, not a right. Just as the state can regulate driving, so it can regulate voting.

  2. sndeak says:

    Ah, no John. Voting is the right of every citizen of this country.

    Your attention is invited to the 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th Amendments of the United States Constitution.

  3. John Galt says:


    Let me “invite” you to a little Constitutional 101.

    15th Amendment: Citizens cannot be denied the vote “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

    19th: “on account of sex.”

    24th: “for failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”

    26th: “on account of age” (18 or older can vote.)

    None of those amendments mention the individual states’ ability to bar felons from voting.

    According to the Department of Justice website: “Each state has different rules on the rights of convicted felons to vote and on restoration of those rights once it has been lost.”

    So, the “right” to vote does not extend to every one.

  4. sndeak says:

    I didn’t realize I would need to state the obvious about convicted felons as far as voting rights go.

    We can go round and round about constitutional interpretation of voting as a right or a privilege.

    Your response is typical of those who support the voter id law. Regardless, the GA Constitution stipulates what forms of ID are can be provided when voting. The only way to get the voter id included is through a constiutional amendment.

  5. Jason Pye says:

    Jesse Jackson, Jr. proposed a Constitutional Amendment that would guarantee the right to vote, but if you read the text of the Constitution the only voters that are mentioned are the electors that make up the Electoral College.

    But you are a Democrat, you believe in the “living Constitution.” I’m sure you can pull any right out of thin air…not that Republicans are any better.

  6. John Galt says:

    Good point Jason. Legislative bodies have been qualifying our constitutional rights for too long. Too many of them, the 2nd Amendment comes to mind, have become privileges dependent on where you live and your representatives’ liberal leanings.

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