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In a case that some have called a showdown over voting rights, a U.S. appeals court yesterday upheld an injunction barring the state of Georgia from enforcing a law requiring citizens to get government-issued photo identification in order to vote.
The ruling allows thousands of Georgians who do not have government-issued identification, such as driver's licenses and passports, to vote in the Nov. 8 municipal elections without obtaining a special digital identification card, which costs $20 for five years. In prior elections, Georgians could use any one of 17 types of identification that show the person's name and address, including a driver's license, utility bill, bank statement or a paycheck, to gain access to a voting booth.
But critics say that many potential voters do not have the required documents and that some could not afford the $20 processing fee for identification.
Georgia law now provides for the issuance of a free identification card to citizens over age eighteen (18) who are registered voters. In order to be eligible for a free identification card, the voter must have no acceptable proof of identity to use when voting. These free identification cards are issued at all Customer Service Centers and are valid for ten (10) years.
JEFFERSON CITY | A Cole County judge Thursday tossed out a new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, saying the measure violated Missourians’ fundamental right to vote.
In his ruling, Circuit Judge Richard Callahan said that unlike photo ID laws in other states, Missouri’s law offers voters few alternatives to getting a state-issued ID, placing most of the burden to comply with the requirement on voters.
Originally posted by apc
It's been shot down here in Missouri...
Proponents of the photo ID law, who said it would help prevent voter fraud, pointed out that it required the state to issue free non-driver’s license photo ID cards to those unable to obtain driver’s licenses.
“The fact that the state does not charge for the non-driver license itself … does not avoid the constitutional issue or economic reality that voters will have to ‘buy’ numerous government documents to get the ‘free’ photo ID to qualify for the privilege of voting,” Callahan wrote.
Also Thursday, a federal judge in Georgia blocked the state from enforcing its voter ID law during special elections next week. Georgia’s law requires voters show a valid form of government-issued ID. If they don’t have one, voters can obtain a free voter ID card.
Originally posted by apc
Wellll there are some liberal Republicans (jumbo shrimp?) who don't support it.
But aside from all those "guests" of ours who don't have any ID, and all those dead people who would have trouble renewing theirs... nah I can't think of any reason for the partison divide.
Originally posted by jsobecky
It is interesting to note that in many, if not all, of these cases, it is the Democrats who oppose the law and Republicans who support it. Why is that? What can we deduce from this observation? Hmm....
Originally posted by grimreaper797
I can deduce your making an issue out of something that isn't and bringing up political backrounds as a way to derail the issue at hand by turning it into "its the democrats/republicans fault" (depending on whether your democrat or republican). Other then that, not much.
FILING LITIGATION TO BLOCK LEGISLATION: The DNC will work with state parties to file litigation to prevent imposition of egregious photo ID and other Republican sponsored legislation that disenfranchise voters. This follows the successful partnership the DNC has undertaken with state parties pursuing legal challenges to, for example, Indiana's voter ID law and to the effort to investigate the criminal phone-jamming scheme in New Hampshire.