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Georgia Democrats Threaten Lawsuit Over Voter ID

6:31 PM, Oct 10, 2012   |    comments
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Michael Berlon, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, announced today that the party will be filing suit against the state to overturn the state's strict voter ID law.

Berlon says he is weighing options on where to file, but says it's likely he will file it at the federal court in Macon as early as next week.

Berlon spoke during a visit in Macon to Bibb County Democratic Party campaign headquarters.

Berlon said Georgia's voter ID law is stricter than similar laws recently struck down by the courts in other states.

He said a lawsuit was unlikely to affect the 2012 election "because it's just too close." He hopes to have the law modified for elections in 2013 or 2014.

Bibb County State Senator Cecil Staton, the Republican who championed Georgia's voter ID law, said the courts have already upheld the law. He accused Berlon of playing "election-year politics."

Also on Wednesday, a three-judge Federal panel upheld South Carolina's new voter ID law but delayed its implementation until 2013.

The judges say in their unanimous ruling that time is too short to put the law in effect ahead of the Nov. 6 elections.

The law requires those wanting to vote in South Carolina to show one of five types of photo identification in order to cast a ballot.

The judges say the law does not discriminate or wipe out voting rights gains of African-Americans.

Contributing: Associated Press

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