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Posted: March 7, 2011 1:01 p.m.

Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

The lone dissent came from Justice Robert Benham, who said getting the free photo ID was even more burdensome than registering to vote.

"It is unfortunate that over the course of the last 13 years, this state has placed ever increasing restrictions on its citizens' ability to cast regular, non-provisional ballots at their local polling precincts," he wrote.

 

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