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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Federal judge barred enforcement of Georgia voter ID law
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On October 18, 2005, the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted a temporary injunction delaying the enforcement of a Georgia law that requires voters to present photo identification before casting their ballots. Prior to the injunction, the law had been in effect since Governor Sonny Perdue signed it in April 2005. The law was approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in August 2005 and touted as necessary to prevent fraud, while opponents and rights groups claimed that the law was excessive. In September 2007, the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia lifted its prior order and reinstated the law. As of October 2011, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas have passed strict photo ID laws that are either in effect or expected to take effect in 2012.

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