Leftist Activists Sue Georgia Secretary of State to Stop Citizenship Verification

At the same time federal courts in Ohio are ordering Ohio’s Secretary of State to verify the registrations of newly registered voters in Ohio, leftwing activists in Georgia are suing Georgia’s Secretary of State, Karen Handel, to stop her verifying records.

As Maggie Thurber notes about the Ohio situation:

The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith called the identification breakdown “a serious problem” and ordered Brunner to immediately comply with federal requirements to match voter registration data with the information in the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Social Security Administration databases. The court accused Brunner of failing to provide county election administrators with “an effective way to access and review mismatches.” She immediately appealed the ruling.

Notwithstanding federal law, the ACLU, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the New York-Based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Atlanta attorney Brian Spears have found a guy in Georgia to use as a plaintiff to enable wholescale voter fraud in Georgia.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, seeks to halt the state’s attempts to verify the identities and citizenship of registered voters so close to the Nov. 4 election. Attorneys for the plaintiff, Jose Morales, also want the suit to become a class action.

(SOURCE)

Here’s a pdf of the complaint
(posted by Buzz)

42 comments

  1. My kin folks call me Nick says:

    This sounds like a good idea. If the SOS can not explain to people exactly what she is doing then it may not be legal.
    So far all we have heard is the explanation for the actions, not what the actions taken have been.

  2. umustbekidding says:

    You should not only have to show your ID to prove who you are but how old you are. We do have age laws so without ID how does anyone know how old these people are?
    This country is too big not to show an ID.
    We are at a point that people should only be able to register at a voter registration office. That way everything can be checked.
    People to lazy to go should not vote!

  3. Vic says:

    Panicy, Extreme Right Wing Activist definition of Lefist Activist:

    -“Morales, who will graduate from Kennesaw State University in December with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, became a U.S. citizen in November 2007.

    He registered to vote last month, but about two weeks later, he received a letter from Cherokee County indicating he would not be able to vote unless he provided evidence of his citizenship, the lawsuit said. The letter also indicated Morales would be eliminated from the voter list if he did not prove his citizenship.

    Morales went through the steps needed to prove his citizenship, including making a visit to the county Elections and Registrations Office and showing his passport to the clerk, the suit said. He was told he would soon be receiving his voter registration card in the mail. He received the card Oct. 3, the lawsuit said.

    But on Tuesday, Morales received another letter from the office indicating he may not be qualified to vote because he may not be a U.S. citizen, the lawsuit said. It said if Morales did not contact the Cherokee Elections and Registration Office before Oct. 15 or appear at a court hearing on the same date, his name would be removed from the list of registered voters, the suit said.

    “Despite all the steps he has gone through, Mr. Morales’ right to vote is still being threatened,” the lawsuit said. “Mr. Morales wants to vote, particularly in the upcoming election, and wants to make sure his vote is counted.”

    -source same ajc article as above
    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/printedition/2008/10/10/voters.html

  4. My kin folks call me Nick says:

    Ok. Besides being (maybe) illegal. This is just stupid politically.

    Why step up voter checks during a Pres. election cycle? Your party controls the state and the opposition does not have a great shot at winning the state.

    It seems that the SOS political advisor should have told her that this was not the right time to go robocop on voter registration.

  5. Harry says:

    Sounds to me like Mr. Morales had an administrative problem, and the Hispanic lobby is seizing on it to develop some victimization mentality in their “community”.

  6. umustbekidding says:

    If people don’t show ID or prove they are legal to vote then MY vote is the one in Jeopardy.

    As far as Mr Morales goes, that’s our screwed up gov’t. The right hand doesn’t know what the left is doing.

    VIC – are you asuming that Mr. Morales is voting democratic? Are they the only ones that have trouble at the polls?

  7. Tinkerhell says:

    “We are at a point that people should only be able to register at a voter registration office. That way everything can be checked.
    People to lazy to go should not vote!”

    Here, here!

    I’d like to see if become illegal for any sort of voter registration drives not set up by the SOS / Board of Elections. That would do away with the parties going to jails and signing up people who are only going to vote the way they are directly told to vote, end digging up homeless people that don’t know what year it is much less who they should be voting for to pilot our city/county/state/nation.

    I’d be happy to see some kind of basic politics test that you have to pass to vote too. Ignorant & illegal voters are part of the reason our country has the problems it does.

  8. Trevor Southerland says:

    Karen Handle is “disappointed” that an AMERICAN CITIZEN wants to exercise his right to vote?

    What a hack.

  9. odinseye2k says:

    “I’d be happy to see some kind of basic politics test that you have to pass to vote too. Ignorant & illegal voters are part of the reason our country has the problems it does.”

    I’d be quite glad to see the GOP disappear, myself. 😉

  10. Vic says:

    umustbekidding,

    “”VIC – are you asuming that Mr. Morales is voting democratic? Are they the only ones that have trouble at the polls?””

    The only thing i’m assuming is that our resident, right-wing, extremist , panicy activist Erick is calling Mr Morales a Leftist Activist for asserting his right to vote.

  11. Bill Simon says:

    Nick,

    You stated the following: ” Your party controls the state and the opposition does not have a great shot at winning the state.

    It seems that the SOS political advisor should have told her that this was not the right time to go robocop on voter registration.”

    I realize you likely grew-up in the ignorant part of the state but when people are elected to office, they have a duty to follow the law and enforce the law regardless of their politics.

    The fact that the “GOP controls the state” is irrelevant. Handel has a duty to enforce the law, regardless of race, creed, political party, etc.

  12. umustbekidding says:

    Now Bill,

    You know enforcement of the law is irrelevant to democrats. ( Especially during an election.)

  13. Rick Day says:

    leftist activists?

    Pretty soon anyone not in the Red State (which is shrinking to the size of North Dakota) will be called “pinko”.

    Sore loser much?

    BTW I do not think there is a ‘check ID’ law. When you go into an establishment, it is policy to check everyone’s ID, but checking ID is not a legal requirement.

    To me, its an invasion of privacy to show a stranger your address and DOB, but I digress.

    The laws say that people under a certain age are restricted from doing certain things, but there is no ‘requirement by statute’ to “prove age with ID.”

  14. umustbekidding says:

    Rick

    If you want to drive when you turn 16, first you have to prove your age with your birth cert.
    Then you get your Driver’s License – otherwise known as your ID. You better have it to show anytime you are driving.

    If you want to buy beer, you must be 21. The law states you must show ID to PROVE your age.

    You are right, there are some things where age is a Recommendation not the law, but not with voting. The age of 18 is the law.

    That, in it self should be enough reason to have to show ID.

    You may not mind if every person here illegally votes, but I do. When someone doesn’t prove who they are while voting, that takes away my vote.

    Any how, it is the law to show ID when voting. So don’t forget it!

  15. atlantaman says:

    Look, we have to improve our image in the world. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to allow citizens of Mexico, France and even Iraq to vote in our country. May the friendlier candidate to world opinion win!

  16. Vic says:

    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/printedition/2008/10/11/voters.html?cxntlid=inform_sr

    “The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jose Morales, who lives in Cherokee and BECAME A U.S. CITIZEN IN NOVEMBER 2007.

    He REGISTERED TO VOTE LAST MONTH, but two weeks later he received a letter from the county election office saying he would not be able to vote unless he provided proof of his citizenship.

    Morales drove to the election office, PRESENTED HIS PASSPORT and soon received his voter registration card in the mail.

    But on Tuesday, Morales received another letter from the election office indicating once again he might not be eligible to vote.

    The letter warned Morales, a Kennesaw State University student, that if he did not contact the office by Oct. 15 or appear for a hearing on the same day, he would not be allowed to vote, the lawsuit said.”

    -Judge hears Georgia voter ID case
    By Bill Rankin, Aaron Gould Sheinin
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Saturday, October 11, 2008

  17. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    Those on here questioning the characterization of the people pursuing it as “leftwing activists” are nuts. The ACLU Voting Project and the Lawyers Project are more, they are common sense hating, mainstream America-hating, left wing nut job activists that need blows to the head to strike some sense into them. Erick let them off lightly.

    It seems that they have been working hard at plaintiff dredging to do their part in the Obama bin Biden campaign.

    Morales became a citizen in November 2007 and he only got around to registering to vote in September 2007, less than 60 days before the election? The law always favors the diligent, and waiting until that late is not diligent. Moreover, his sitting on his hands does not favor the exercise of equitable powers.

    Although there seems to be some confusion in the Cherokee Co. process, it is after all, being run by govt employees. It’s close enough for govt work, and any reasonable and rational person can and should expect headaches if they wait so late. That is particularly true when everyone has knowledge of heightened concern about voter fraud. Morales created or contributed to the problem and it is not pas the point of being fixed by his efforts with the county.

    If Cherokee Co. is smart, someone will take personal ownership of the issues, get Morales straightened out, perhaps even move to intervene as a party-defendant. With clear evidence that Morales is straightened out an eligible to vote, Handel and/or Cherokee Co. should move to dismiss on standing grounds because there no longer is a case or controversy.

    L’audace, l’audace, l’audace!

  18. Game Fan says:

    “Alternately testy and jovial, Camp peppered lawyers with pointed questions about the mandates of three federal election laws: the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002.”

    So then…this case is more than about whether this man is a citizen or not. If the AJC stated he’s a citizen and he’s not, they’ve lost even more credibility. And why didn’t Morales provide a driver’s liscence and SSN? Just wondering.

  19. Game Fan says:

    Yep
    Whether he’s a citizen or not this looks like it’s designed to set some type of precedent opening the door for illegal aliens to vote. Where’s the Governor?

  20. atlantaman says:

    If foreign nationals are now voting for our President can you even consider the USA a sovereign country anymore?

  21. Wavy says:

    Classic conservative overreaction. They are not suing for the right to walk up to the booth an vote…. they are suing for all eligible and registered voters to use one of the 3 methods of verification:

    1-drivers license
    2-last 4 digits of SSN
    3-State generated number for those who don’t have SSN

    How you idiots equate this with giving foreign nationals a chance to vote in our election is asinine.

    +1 to odinseye2k

    “I’d be happy to see some kind of basic politics test that you have to pass to vote too. Ignorant & illegal voters are part of the reason our country has the problems it does.”

    I’d be quite glad to see the GOP disappear, myself. 😉

  22. Bill Simon says:

    “-2” is so yesterday. We have inflationary pressures and “-2” just doesn’t rise to the correct level of outrage.

    -5 or -10 would be more theright numbers.

  23. Icarus says:

    “We have inflationary pressures”

    No, we actually don’t. We’re facing what could be the largest deflation in over 100 years, if not in this country’s history.

    The massive amount of money the fed is having to use to avoid this is causing the fear of inflation, but it will be a while before it becomes an actual issue. The trick will be the fed sucking the money back up in time, which it almost never does.

    I will avoid giving you negative points since you are a Tech fan, and can’t be expected to understand that numbers have practical applications.

  24. Wavy says:

    Umustbekidding:

    I’m quoting the complaint you moron. Some don’t have a SSN, even though they are qualified to vote. All you have to do is read or maybe do 2 seconds of research instead of being a Hannity/Limbaugh drivel spewing assclown.

    Bill:

    You and U get a room, we know you conservatives penchant for foot tapping brotherly love.

  25. Wavy says:

    Killer point Umust, way to totally pull something out of your ass and make it sound like you know what you’re talking about

    Who’s the bigger idiot, the idiot who makes it up as they go, or the idiot that believes it and then pats said idiot on the back?

  26. umustbekidding says:

    Wavy
    I read plenty. You liberals love to call names and act like conservatives are “morons” or “stupid” when you don’t have a rational thought.

    BTW – I am too young for Bill. 😉

  27. Bill Simon says:

    Wavy,

    Only US citizens have SSN. If you are over the age of 16 in this country and you do NOT know what your SSN is, then you are of a minute minority, and do not deserve any more consideration than what you’ve already been given.

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