Today, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to constrain the Arizona Board of Elections from attaching stricter identification standards to the state’s voter registration process. In a state inundated with illegal immigration and rife with voter fraud, the Supreme Court has dealt a devastating blow to Arizona and four other states including Georgia. Many legal voters and politicians of Georgia are outraged.
“I don’t wanna see this state go the way of Arizona. I mean they’ve got it pretty bad over there with all the illegal immigration and stuff, but Georgia has a pretty good share of illegal immigrants too”, says Carl Caine of Augusta.
Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brian Kemp issued a statement on the Supremes Court’s decision. He said:
President Ronald Reagan said, “Trust, but verify.” This is exactly what Georgia’s voter registration laws provide for. In order to vote in an election, citizenship is required. Georgia requires that this is proven at the time of registration. Rather than causing an undue burden, this requirement ensures the integrity of our voting process. I am very disappointed in the decision that the US Supreme Court made today. I will work closely with Governor Deal, the General Assembly and Attorney General Olens to make sure that we continue to provide a safe, secure and legal system for voter registration as we move forward.
As of now, Georgia requires at least one of the following documents for first-time voter registration.
- A Georgia driver’s license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency;
- A valid voter identification card or other valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification containing a photograph;
- A valid United States passport;
- A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
- A valid United States military identification card containing a photograph of the elector;
- A valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector
Today’s decision will jeopardize these requirements and inject a new level of voter fraud into the voting process. Proponents of the Supreme Court’s decision believe that identification requirements are too harsh and may restrict legal citizens from registering. However, elimination of some or all identification requirements will allow some with an inclination to commit voter fraud the ability to register. Once he or she has that registration, Georgia polling places cannot deny his or her vote.
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