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Georgia SOS suing federal government over voter verification process

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June 23, 2010

ATLANTA, Georgia: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who took over the position for state gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel in January, has announced that the state will be suing the Federal Justice Department for its "unjustified denials of preclearance" for the state's voter verification process.[1] Georgia, a state with a history of racial discrimination, has to seek approval from the United States Department of Justice before making changes to its election system as stated under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This refusal by the Justice Department has resulted in Georgia being the only state in the nation to be barred from complying with the federal Help America Vote Act’s voter verification requirement. Republican Governor Sonny Perdue called for a new state election procedure that "requires that first-time, would-be voters confirm they are in fact U.S. citizens."[1] According to the federal government, additional information was needed before the request could be approved.

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