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Changes to Georgia's voter ID law?

8:59 PM, Jan 23, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WXIA) - The Georgia House of Representatives is considering making some changes to the state's voter ID law.

Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) has introduced a bill that would allow students at private colleges or universities to use their school ID to vote.

Under the current law, one must present a photo ID to vote in Georgia. State school-issued IDs are already accepted.

"We want as many eligible people to vote as possible," Morgan said. "And since students from public universities can use their IDs, I think it only makes sense for those who attend private colleges to do the same."

Secretary of State Brian Kemp says he supports the legislation.

But the upcoming elections have sparked renewed criticism for the state's ID law. Some Democrats and civil rights leaders say the law disproportionately affects poor voters and minorities who may not have access to an ID.

In 2008, the state Democratic Party sued to overturn the law, a case they eventually lost in the Georgia Supreme Court.

Kemp defends the legislation, saying it helps prevent voter fraud.

"In all the lawsuits, they haven't been able to find one single person who couldn't vote because they didn't have a voter ID," Kemp said.

Voters who show up without an ID will not be turned away from voting; they can still cast a ballot, but must present a valid ID to the county elections board by the following Friday in order for that vote to count.

There is still time to obtain a voter ID. To find out how, visit the Secretary of State website.

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