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U.S. Justice Department approves GA voter verification system

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August 23, 2010

ATLANTA, Georgia: Two months after filing suit against the federal justice department, Attorney General Brian Kemp announced on Monday, August 23, 2010 that the federal government has finally signed off on the state's new voter verification process after a nearly two year legal fight. As a result, both Kemp and the federal justice department have filed papers to dismiss the suit.[1]

Since Georgia has a history in regards to racial discrimination, it 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. The refusal of the Justice Department to approve the state's new voter verification system made it 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."[2]

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