Whiny activists are demanding that a Georgia law imposing the only possible effective measure against non-citizen voting, a photo ID requirement, be disallowed by the Justice Department. This curious Federal intrusion into State sovereignty is an anachronism of the Reconstruction/Civil Rights era, when Southern states enacted many measures designed to block blacks from voting. In an age when the Southern states are among the most economically dynamic, and blacks are moving from the North to the South in droves, it's clear this is no longer a necessary or useful intrusion. It should be repealed. And common-sense measures like this, to prevent those who have no right to vote in our elections from voting, should be required in every state.
(AP) Civil rights groups have asked the U.S. Justice Department to block a new Georgia law that requires a photo ID to vote.
More than two dozen civil rights, community, religious and citizen advocacy groups sent a letter to the department on Tuesday.
The law was signed by Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in January but needs Justice Department approval before it can be enforced.
Even if the department approves it, a federal judge could stall the law. An earlier version of the law was blocked by a federal judge in October.
It makes Georgia one of seven states that require a photo ID such as a driver's license to cast a ballot. The law eliminates several forms of identification previously accepted at the polls, such as Social Security cards, birth certificates and utility bills.
Unlike last year's version, the new law would provide a free state-issued photo ID card to anyone who needs one.
Perdue and others say the measure will help crack down on voter fraud. Democrats claim the Republicans are trying to suppress voting among blacks, poor people and the elderly, who are less likely to have driver's licenses.
Under the federal Voting Rights Act, the South and other parts of the country with a history of discrimination need federal approval for changes in their election laws.