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Legal Notes on Georgia and The South

Some GA Numbers on Voter ID’s

Posted by Maggie on December 11, 2007

Numbers are finally trickling in for the massive voter photo ID controversy. Georgia, as you may have heard, is one of the state’s with a new ID requirement to vote. In November there were several smaller local elections in 92 different counties. (Georgia has 159 counties.) In information from 29 of those counties, 57 people did not have the proper identification.

In those circumstances, the person is allowed to fill out a provisional ballot, but that ballot only counts if the person returns within 48 hours with valid identification. The numbers neglect to tell us whether any of those 57 people returned. Of course. These numbers come from only a third of the counties that voted and represent a small local election. Hopefully this will give support for the idea that there is actual disenfranchisement as a result of these laws.

Georgia’s  Indiana’s law, which is similar to Georgia’s, will be before the US Supreme Court in January, 2008. The main argument has been voter fraud vs. voter disenfranchising. Numbers on either side have been hard to come by. See the ACS Blog’s page on Voting for a lot of good background, video, and law review articles on the subject.


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