“The U.S. Department of Justice is questioning some 2 million requests it says were made by Georgia officials since last fall to check the Social Security numbers of newly registered voters, far more than any other state,” according to an AP report filed earlier today.
A spokesman for Karen Handel “said she is consulting with the state attorney general’s office on how to proceed,” adding that:
officials are trying to determine how the Social Security Administration arrived at the 2 million figure. That’s far more than the number of new voters who registered in Georgia during the same period, he said. Some 406,000 new voters have registered in 2008.
Further, according to the AP report:
Georgia counties are also investigating the citizenship of some Georgia voters. Carrothers said Thursday that counties are looking into 2,675 individuals who had registered to vote but whose driver’s license records indicated they were not U.S. citizens.
Handel’s spokesman said she is consulting with AG Baker’s office “on how to proceed.” The AP article was extremely light on details or relevant explanation; however, it would appear, from a simple common sense perspective, that not making 2 million requests for verification on 406,000 newly registered voters would be a good place to start.