Secretary of State Karen Handel responds to AJC’s Cynthia Tucker:
Cynthia Tucker’s latest column on voter ID laws (“Voter ID law an ugly effort to subvert ballot,” @issue, Jan. 13) once again mischaracterizes and omits numerous facts about Georgia’s requirement that voters show photo identification when voting in person.
First, Tucker writes, “This is a brazen effort to block the votes of thousands of people of color who might have the temerity to vote for Democrats.”
n fact, in the two elections held since U.S. Circuit Court Judge Harold Murphy’s Sept. 6, 2007, ruling, there has not been one single demonstrated deprivation of any right to vote or any other violation of a constitutional right resulting from the requirement.
Tucker also fails to mention the provisional ballot process or Georgia’s free voter ID card. No voter is turned away from the polls if he or she does not have one of the many acceptable forms of photo ID, and a free voter ID card is available at any county registrar or Department of Driver Services office.
Second, Tucker claims, “There has never — never — been a single documented case of ‘voter impersonation’ at the ballot box, with a fake voter using an electric bill or phone bill to pretend to be a valid voter.”
On the contrary, a Nov. 6, 2000, AJC report (“Even death can’t stop some voters”) found that over 5,400 ballots had been cast by deceased Georgians over the 20 previous years. While those votes could have been cast in person or by absentee, clearly in-person voter fraud is virtually impossible to detect without a requirement that the voter produce photo identification.