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Georgia: bill would have tightest restrictions on voter ID

The Macon Telegraph reports: A bill to require voters to present photo identification at the polls before casting a vote would give Georgia the country's most restrictive voter ID law.

Senate Bill 84 and sections of House Bill 244 differ slightly, but both require voters to present certain forms of approved voter ID before casting a ballot. Voters who showed up at the polls without such ID would not be allowed to vote.

The Senate bill would only allow the following forms of ID: a driver's license or state-issued ID card, a government employee ID with photo, a U.S. passport or a military ID.

Tim Storey, a senior fellow with the National Council of State Legislatures, said five states currently require voters to present voter ID at the polls: South Carolina, Florida, South Dakota, Arizona and Louisiana. All of them have some form of contingency ballot if a voter doesn't have the proper paperwork.

"There is no state now where you would be turned away completely without an ID," Storey said. -- Macon Telegraph | 03/19/2005 | ID bill could make Georgia unique in turning away voters

Alabama also has a voter ID law.