President Jimmy Carter made a quick visit to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to discuss the what he and the Carter Center have done to make free elections around the world. Carter made few political statements during the visit; however, he did slip in a few words on voter ID laws, as reported by the Tifton Grapevine.
“African American women (in the United States) got the right to vote in the 1960s. We’ve worked to make the right to vote legal in Tunisia, Madagascar, Nicaragua,” he said. “Every time Republicans come to power, they start trying to deprive people of the right to vote,” Carter said in one of few political comments made during his address.
“Why must voters have a driver’s license to vote? A voter ID is hard to get if you don’t have a driver’s license. The reason is to deprive people of the right to vote. Who doesn’t have driver’s licenses?” he asked. “The elderly, the young people, the African Americans and Hispanics.”
Georgia’s voter ID law has passed hurdles and is deemed constitutional. Nevertheless, the Democratic Party of Georgia will continue to search for the illiterate 134 year old woman living in a cave in north Georgia without any photo identification who shuns the world except on election day to prove that the law is not valid.