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17 October 2008

Federal Judge: Citizenship Checks Preserves Integrity Of Voting Process

The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting this morning that U.S. District Court Judge Jack Camp, a Reagan appointee, refused to issue a temporary restraining order halting the citizenship verification of newly registered Georgia voters.

A federal judge on Thursday allowed the state of Georgia to continue verifying the citizenship of registered voters with a statewide database.

[U.S. District Court Judge Jack]Camp said an overriding reason for denying the order is preserving the integrity of the voting process. If Handel cannot use the database-matching verification system, the state will be unable to remove fraudulent or disqualified voters, he said.
[Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "State can check voter citizenship —- for now", October 17, 2008]

Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement applauding Judge Camp's ruling:

"I am very pleased with Judge Camp’s decision. The verification process is essential to protect the integrity of our voter rolls and elections."

Karen Handel, in her official capacity as Secretary of State, was sued by a coalition of voting rights groups including the ACLU for allegedly violating federal law by checking the citizenship of registered voters.