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Wednesday, October 12
Georgia's ID Law in Federal Court
Voting rights advocates challenging Georgia's new photo ID requirement were in federal court today in Rome, Georgia. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy heard arguments on the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Common Cause, NAACP, the League of Women Voters and other groups who seek to enjoin the law mandating that voters show photo identification in order to have their votes counted. Plaintiffs' briefs in support of their motion may be found here. Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox opposes the ID law, even though she's the official responsible for enforcing it, on the ground that it's unnecessary and would disproportionately harm poor people.

In related news, the U.S. Department of Justice is taking an aggressive position in support of Georgia's ID law. DOJ has issued this letter to Senator Chris Bond explaining its reasons for preclearing the law, which reads like an argument for voter ID rather than an objective analysis of the legality of Georgia's law. More on this to come soon ...

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