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Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments on Voter ID

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September 10, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

ATLANTA, Georgia: The Georgia Supreme Court heard oral arguments involving the state's law requiring voters to show photo identification before voting on September 7, 2010.[1]

The Democratic Party of Georgia sued the Secretary of State's office on grounds that the voter ID law violates protections in the state constitution giving registered voters the right to cast a ballot. Emmet Bondurant, counsel for the Georgia Democrats, argued to the Justices that the Legislature is not authorized by the constitution to pass legislation requiring photo identification at the polls.[2].

Mark Cohen, an Assistant Attorney General, argued that not one Georgian has been denied the right the vote over the law since 2006 when voter ID was first in place. Cohen refuted the Democrat's claims by arguing that the current law has no single provision to deny a person's right to vote. The Assistant Attorney General also said that Georgia Democrats had not proven if they have legal standing to bring the case to the state's highest court.[2]

No date has been set on when the Supreme Court will issue its ruling.

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