End sought to checks for voters' citizenship

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ATLANTA --- Voting rights groups in Georgia again tried Wednesday to stop election officials from using Social Security numbers and driver's license data to check voters' immigration status.

The advocacy groups told a federal three-judge panel that using the data to verify whether voters are citizens amounts to a "systematic purging" of voting rolls that must be approved by the Justice Department.

Georgia is one of several states that needs federal approval before changing election policy because of a history of discriminatory voting practices.

Three Justice Department lawyers joined the debate Wednesday, arguing that Georgia officials should have cleared the checks with them first. But they cautioned against making sweeping changes less than two weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

Secretary of State Karen Handel's attorneys argued the checks were required by federal law and were an attempt to guarantee the integrity of the vote.

The judges said they will rule as soon as possible.

State attorney Dennis Dunn said the checks have so far flagged 4,538 voters, 3,821 of them newly registered, as noncitizens.

The fight centers on Jose Morales, a college student who became a U.S. citizen in November 2007 and registered to vote last month. He has twice received letters that warn him his name could be removed from voter rolls if he does not verify his citizenship.

The voting rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, say the letters are a form of intimidation.

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No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 10/23/08 - 05:14 am
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The voting rights group,

The voting rights group, ACLU, and MALDEF all need to pay the costs involved with filing this frivilous law suit!

getalife
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getalife 10/23/08 - 06:42 am
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I guess most of these

I guess most of these organizations want this country to be like so many third world countries where anything goes in an election. This way they can better sway the vote and control who is elected.

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amazed1 10/23/08 - 08:22 am
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proving citizenship, is the

proving citizenship, is the most important part of the voting process. why should anyone other than a legal citizen be allowed to vote? what are our leaders and justice system thinking about ?this is a no brainer. our leaders are leading us down the road to destruction.

truth-now
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truth-now 10/23/08 - 09:01 am
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Citizenship is THE

Citizenship is THE fundamental requirement to be eligible to vote. Not a citizen? Can't vote. What's the issue???

426Hemi
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426Hemi 10/23/08 - 09:09 am
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Grasp at anything to cheat in

Grasp at anything to cheat in the name of "Civil Rights."

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 10/23/08 - 09:18 am
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Where is Jimmy Carter? The

Where is Jimmy Carter? The state is apparently trying to make sure that laws are obeyed, and groups are opposed to this? Jimmy travels all over the world fighting that sort of thing, he needs to be here working in his own state. Oh wait, he's a democrat isn't he? Sorry my mistake, this sort of thing won't send up a red flag with him since itn's an initiative of the Democrat party.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 10/23/08 - 09:40 am
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lying.. cheating.. voter

lying.. cheating.. voter fraud does it get any better than this with barry and his boy??...Good Morning Comrades !!!!

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 10/23/08 - 01:35 pm
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boo hoo!

boo hoo!

426Hemi
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426Hemi 10/23/08 - 02:06 pm
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Boo hoo who; you a cheater

Boo hoo who; you a cheater too?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 10/23/08 - 07:03 pm
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This whole lawsuit/subject is
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This whole lawsuit/subject is silly. I AM a democrat and have no problem with election officials checking to see if I can legally vote. This is a no brainer.... no matter what political mindset you are in!!!!!!!!!!

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southern2 10/23/08 - 07:27 pm
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Year after year we are faced

Year after year we are faced with defending the laws designed to keep honesty and integrity in U.S. elections. Democrats, please stop trying to use corruption and fraud to get an advantage at the polls. It's a sacred process to anyone who is pro-America, please stop trying to destroy it.

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