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July 13, 2006

A federal judge who threw out Georgia's voter ID law last year recently blocked the state from enforcing its revised law during this year's elections, says the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy has given different explanations for each of his rulings:

  • The first ruling, last October, rejected a voter ID requirement, saying it amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax because of the fees associated with getting the required ID.
  • The latest attempt, says the judge, discriminated against people who don't have driver's licenses, passports or other government IDs.

The ruling came less than two hours after the Georgia Supreme Court denied the state's emergency request to overrule a state court order. That order blocked enforcement of the new photo ID law during next week's primary elections and any runoffs.  If it stands, Georgia voters will not have to show a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot this year.

Source: Editorial, "Judge: Ga. can't require voters to have photo IDs," USA Today, July 13 2006.


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