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Thursday, October 27
11th Circuit Denies Stay in Georgia ID Case
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a stay of a federal district court decision last week, which enjoined a voter ID law enacted by the Georgia legislature. That law, as described here, requires voters to show government-issued photo ID to vote at the polls. Voting rights advocates argued that such a requirement would impose a barrier to many voters, particularly people of color who are disproportionately likely to lack ID. The brief order from the Eleventh Circuit may be found here, and the district court's preliminary injunction order here. The Eleventh Circuit's order does grant the state defendants' motion for expedited review. Briefing is to be completed by the end of January 2006, and oral argument will then be scheduled.

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