DOJ: Ga. voting checks need fed OK

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ATLANTA - The U.S. Department of Justice is questioning a high number of requests by Georgia officials to check the Social Security numbers of newly registered voters.

In a letter to Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, Justice Department officials said the two million checks conducted in Georgia since Oct. 1, 2007 appear to represent a "substantial" change in state law. As such, they need federal clearance under the Voting Rights Act to ensure they aren't discriminatory.

DOJ Voting Section Chief Christopher Coates said that without preclearance any voting changes are "legally unenforceable."

Officials with the state Secretary of State and the Attorney General's Office said they were consulting about how to proceed. The Justice Department had no immediate comment.

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paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 10/09/08 - 02:39 pm
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That's right Georgia, don't

That's right Georgia, don't try to verify whether or not these people can legally vote, you will anger the feds. Just let 'em sign up and vote, no check required!

aaa
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aaa 10/09/08 - 02:58 pm
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Could the higher number of

Could the higher number of requests be secondary to the fact that we now require photo id?

Rose
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Rose 10/09/08 - 03:01 pm
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Social Security cards have no

Social Security cards have no photo so there is no need to use it as ID.

lawman1
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lawman1 10/09/08 - 09:41 pm
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Unless the Federal law on the

Unless the Federal law on the Social Security Cards has changed, it states that the card is not to be used for identificataion purposes.

Rose
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Rose 10/09/08 - 09:54 pm
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I know someone who voted for

I know someone who voted for the 1st time, and he is a truck driver. He was in a state over 1000 miles from home, and voted early over the phone. He was asked the last 4 numbers of his SSN, address, phone#, and other info. They even called the company he works for to verify his employment. He had no problem with it, because he was able to vote. I guess he should call and make sure his vote will count.

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