Groups press to end new voter checks

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ATLANTA --- Voting rights groups are again trying to stop Georgia elections officials from screening new voters by asking them to prove their identities and citizenship, a week after a federal judge rejected their claims.

But this time the groups are emboldened by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overruled a federal appeals court that ordered Ohio's top elections official to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility.

Though the high court's ruling last week on the Ohio case involves a separate legal issue, attorneys for Secretary of State Karen Handel brought it up in arguments this month to support their claims that the checks help prevent voter fraud.

The Georgia groups will ask a three-judge panel today to prevent state officials from matching new voting applications with driver's license and Social Security data. They say the checks amount to a "systematic purging" of rolls just weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

"At this juncture, at such a hotly contested election, every eligible voter should be permitted to vote, and every vote should be counted," said Elise Shore, an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which is one of several voting and immigration groups that filed the lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Jack Camp denied the request last week on grounds that halting the screenings could lead to "significant voter confusion" before the election.

Georgia is also among several states with a history of discriminatory voting practices that must get federal approval before changing election policy under the federal law.

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No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 10/22/08 - 04:19 am
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We shouldn't care who a

We shouldn't care who a person is or if that person is a Citizen?

jebko
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jebko 10/22/08 - 05:04 am
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Common sense is needed

Common sense is needed here... when representing a person listed on the voter rolls, you need to have evidence proving you are who you are.

christian134
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christian134 10/22/08 - 06:39 am
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What is this just another

What is this just another double standard? Some have to obey the laws while others are given a free-hand to skirt the rules and regulations...My word I have to show I.D. for most everything in this life...Why shouldn't everyone be held to the same rules?...

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 10/22/08 - 06:41 am
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Is anyone else thinking

Is anyone else thinking ACORN?

amazed1
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amazed1 10/22/08 - 08:29 am
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If you check for legal I.D.

If you check for legal I.D. then the illegal's wouldn't be able to vote.

White_Trash1
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White_Trash1 10/22/08 - 08:54 am
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I think the keyword in the

I think the keyword in the article is "eligible" voter.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 10/22/08 - 10:15 am
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Good morning comrades !!!Just

Good morning comrades !!!Just getting used to the way things are going to be......hey mickey mouse is an Icon..let him vote !! All those risen dead people are miracles .. Let them vote !!

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426Hemi 10/22/08 - 10:36 am
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Shouldn't we who are

Shouldn't we who are registered voters and Id card holders be upset with these "voters rights" xss-wipes? Dam right! Fraud is rampant and if some dimwit can't produce ID or verification as a legal voter; to hell with them! These jackoffs need to be "systematically purged." Fckn illegals will be voting now that our cockroach (mexican illegals) lovin defense council wants to quash LEGAL voters rights; that to prevent ILLEGAL voting! Why would a Meximerican need to worry if they have the RIGHT to vote? Meaning they are citizens, and ought to have proper ID. BTW, please get off this Mexi-this, African-that CRAP. You're American, not some sillyaxx feel-good hybrid! If you put down Mexi/Afri-American, or anything else, YOU should not be allowed to vote! Period!

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 10/22/08 - 11:18 am
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Joe_Plumber: But you have to

Joe_Plumber: But you have to find out if a person is a resident and a citizen to determine if that person is an "eligible" voter.

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