Georgia voting law gets the boot

From WaPo:

A state judge yesterday rejected a Georgia law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification, writing in his decision, “This cannot be.”

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. said the law, pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to fight voter fraud, violates the state constitution because it disenfranchises citizens who are otherwise qualified to vote.

State officials vowed to appeal Bedford’s ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court before the Nov. 7 general election.

The timing of the judge’s decision could have political ramifications in Washington. The House is set today to vote on legislation that would require voters in 2008 to present a valid photo identification that “could not have been obtained without proof of citizenship.”

The bill is part of a package of measures designed to demonstrate a new get-tough attitude on illegal immigration and border security.

“There have been enough reports over the years of voter fraud that it is time to have a picture ID to ensure the integrity of our voting process,” House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday. more


This is a good one to ask – Where’s the Outrage? As far as I know the constitution asks for voters to be American citizens and of age, that’s all. You don’t have to have a driver’s license. You don’t have to have a house. You have to be of age and a citizen. That’s it. Most of the voter fraud that I have read about hasn’t little or nothing to do with who votes. It is about Parties preventing people from voting by putting up roadblocks (not enough voting machines, not enough voting stations, etc.) which in turn make voters wait for hours and finally give up.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

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