ATLANTA (March 7, 2011) – As several federal and state courts have ruled before, the Georgia Supreme Court today issued a ruling that upholds the voter ID law sponsored by Sen. Cecil Staton (RMacon) in 2005 and in 2006.
The law simply requires that voters show a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card to prevent voter fraud. Several Democratic groups challenged the law in federal court, then in state court. This state Supreme Court ruling, with only one dissenting vote, marks the end of the legal challenges.
“It has been interesting and educating to watch our judicial system in action,” Sen. Staton said. “I am grateful for the justices’ ruling and grateful that the legal challenges are over for this common sense legislation. We can now move forward knowing that voting in Georgia is safer than before, simply because voters must prove who they are with common identification.”
In the Supreme Court’s ruling, justices wrote that the voter ID law was a “minimal” requirement that is “reasonable” and “non-discriminatory.” The justices found no conflicts between this law and the Constitution of the State of Georgia.