Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Photo ID law suffers 2 setbacks

Roy Barnes who did nothing while he was Governor of the state of Georgia has help to lead the fight against Georgia's voter ID, which suffered two setbacks today.

U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy ruled that Georgia's photo voter ID law appeared to violate the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law and due process...Murphy said it was "sad" that after more than 200 years of trying to extend the right to vote to women and minorities that "now we pass legislation tightening up access to the ballot."

Earlier in the day, the state Supreme Court let stand the ruling of a lower court judge who said the new law unconstitutionally restricted the right to vote.

The same federal judge who threw out Georgia's voter ID law last year blocked the state Wednesday from enforcing its revised law during this year's elections.

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