The same federal judge who threw out Georgia's voter ID law last year blocked
the state Wednesday from enforcing its revised law during this year's
elections. The ruling came less than two hours after the Georgia
Supreme Court denied the state's emergency request to overrule a state court
order that blocked enforcement of the new photo ID law during next week's
primary elections and any runoffs.
The critic's attorney addressed motivations similar to those expressed by Mark Green and Flyin' Jim Sensennbrenner.
Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue and other supporters of the IDs had argued they
were needed to prevent election fraud. Civil rights groups challenged the law in
both federal and state court, arguing that it discriminated against poor,
elderly and rural voters. They also argued that voter fraud in Georgia stems
from absentee ballot voting, an issue not even addressed by the law.
"They have chosen deliberately to legislate only in an area where there was no
problem," Emmett Bondurant, the critics' lead attorney, told Murphy in court.