Karen Handel Takes On AJC

She’s had it with outrageous editiorials from them.

Still, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s editorial board used [Judge Tom] Campbell’s ruling to resume the mantra that Georgia’s photo ID law is “partisan bullying” (“Fettered franchise,” @issue, July 14). The editorial consists only of the litany of now-threadbare —- and completely rebutted —- arguments against this common-sense safeguard to protect Georgians’ votes.

The tirade cannot obscure one undeniable fact: Opponents of photo ID have failed to produce even one voter who has been harmed by the requirement, despite nearly three years of scouring the state in search of such an individual. Further, our state’s photo ID law allows voters who arrive at the polls without ID an extra 48 hours to obtain a free photo ID card, and return to their county registrar’s office to have their vote counted. Voters can also choose to cast an absentee ballot by mail without a photo ID. Even U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who dissented in the recent decision upholding Indiana’s photo ID law, hailed these positive differences in the Georgia law.



  1. chattaelauchee says:

    A friend of mine, who only got interested in politics a short time ago, registered to vote in Dekalb County, well before the primary.

    She then received a letter from the County explaining the new voter ID law and the process mentioned above, citing Breyer. First of all, the font size on the letter was like 9 or less and it was a page long. Seems like a deterent to me.

    Second of all, during the primary, I accompanied said friend to the County’s voters office on election day just to make sure she was on the rolls; she didn’t have to, but since the letter was so confusing, she decided to double check with the County first. It was packed with old people and new voters trying to get photo id’s and temp. voter cards.

    If Obama had not been on the ballot, I think thousands of voters would have never gone to the polls b/c of the confusing letter and the font size on the letter.

    That said, I think the process can work, but come on! Dekalb County could have done a little more for their voters….that letter was just ridiculous.

    Just my 2 cents.

  2. Icarus says:

    I find it funny that every time someone tries to use an example of a local government that is disenfranchiseing voters, it is almost always a government that has been run by a Democrat machine for generations.

  3. SouthFultonGuy says:

    The other thing you did not mention is the Secretary of State’s Office sends letters to registered voters who do not have a driver’s license or state Photo ID letting them know that they will need ID and where and how they can get a FREE State issued Voter ID.

    At what point is there any responsibility or effort required by the voter? Pretty soon the plaintiffs will want state supplied surrogate voters at the polls to select a democrat ballot and press the touch screen selections to vote a straight dem ticket for these supposed victims.

    Then if the poll is not on the MARTA line and MARTA is not free on election day, they will want the state to use GRTA buses to go pick up these “supposed disenfranchised” voters and provide a meal or food voucher.

    Make no mistake these lawsuits cost us as taxpayers bigtime too. The plaintiff’s lawyers first spend tens of thousands of dollars of their clients money with these friviulous lawsuits and as a result the state must spend the very tax revenue intended to improve voter services to defend against these lawsuits.

    You would think that will all on the money spent by now with private investigators they would have found someone disenfranchised by now.

    Heck it was easier to find Saddam Hussein….Ill bet Bin Laden will be found before there is a witness for the plaintiff in this case….when is enough enough? Say “Uncle”!!!!

  4. Progressive Dem says:

    More like: AJC gives Handel a chance to defend her decision to disqualify Powell – a decision that was reversed.

  5. Goldwater Conservative says:

    I can produce a nun. Do you Republicans want to tell a woman of “god” that she can not vote because there is no reason for he to possess one of the acceptable forms of photo identification?

    Handel has proven a couple of times thus far, and I will be willing to be many more times before reelection, that she will only help the GOP and work to hurt the Democrats.

    In fact, I am willing to bet that she will disqualify any body that challenges her in 2010!

  6. Dave Bearse says:

    I concur that the current litigation concerning the present Georiga Voter ID law is frivolous.

    This was contentious legislation seeking to fix something that wasn’t broken however. It’s disingenuous to claim the original legislation wasn’t significantly partisan in its intent and support, and overlook government legal fees associated with the orignal defective legislation that would have been eliminated if supporters had considered opponents objections.

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