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11 October 2008

Federal Judge Declines To Halt Voter ID Checks

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel scored a win Friday after U.S. District Judge Jack Camp declined to grant a temporary restraining order stopping the state's citizenship and identity checks on registered voters.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta late Thursday wants to stop the state's attempts to verify the identities and citizenship of registered voters. U.S. District Judge Jack Camp heard oral arguments from both sides at the federal courthouse in Newnan Friday morning.

M. Laughlin McDonald of the American Civil Liberties Union said Camp issued an order after the hearing that neither denied nor granted the groups' request for a temporary restraining order against the state's voting ID checks.
[Source: Newnan Times-Herald, "Judge Camp's ruling expected next week in voting rights lawsuit", October 10, 2008]

Secretary of State Handel has said that Georgia's voter citizenship and identification checks are legal and complies with federal law.