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04 December 2008

Like A Bad Sequel, The Voter ID Lawsuit Is Back

I'm not a mind reader, but I'm sure that somewhere Secretary of State Karen Handel is thinking to herself, "When will the Democrats give up their fight to halt voter ID?"

WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia is reporting this morning that state Democratic Party attorney Emmet Bondurant has asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a 2007 ruling by a federal judge who dismissed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's voter ID law on the grounds that it didn't impose a significant burden on the right to vote [Source: WALB-TV (Albany), "Lawyers seek to block Photo ID law", December 4, 2008].

Democrats and civil rights activists believe that Georgia's voter ID law places an undue burden on minority, elderly and low-income voters while Secretary of State Karen Handel maintains that voter ID opponents have yet to produce a single person who would be discouraged by the new law from voting.

While I was an initial opponent of Georgia's voter ID when it was first passed in 2005, I've reached the point where the continued lawsuits on this issue have gone past the spirited fight stage on over to the frivolous and dilatory stage.

Several million ballots were cast throughout the 2008 election season and there were few complaints from voters about having to show photo ID at the polls before voting.

Absent action from the state legislature, voter ID is here to stay and it is past time for civil rights activists and the state Democratic Party to move on to other issues.