Once again, the state has spent time and your resources defending its voter identification requirement in court, after it was attacked, most recently, by the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Why? It makes it seem as if the Democratic Party of Georgia, which has sued over this issue in the past, wants people to vote, whether they are legal citizens, with voting rights, or not.
The Georgia Supreme Court has just ruled, again, that the state has a reasonable interest in knowing that the person who comes to the poll to vote is really who he claims to be. The court says that the law has been implemented in 15 elections during 2007 and 2008 without problems, and voter turnout has not been suppressed.
Their opinion was: “As did virtually every other court that considered this issue, we find the photo ID requirement as implemented in the 2006 Act to be a minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction which is warranted by the important regulatory interests of preventing voter fraud.”
If you cash a check, or sign up for cable TV, get a driver’s license, or rent a car, you have to identify yourself. Why is this act a hardship at the voting place?
We hope the Democratic Party, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the American Civil Liberties Union will finally get the message. When these groups complained that some people couldn’t obtain state ID’s, the state sent people all over Georgia to make the ID’s for them, FREE. There’s no reason that every eligible voter can’t obtain a legitimate identification.
Citizens need to be assured that the voting process is correct and free of fraud. We believe that every citizen’s vote should count. Once.