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Georgia: governor will sign voter ID bill

Voter ID bill likely to be law | ajc.com
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: Gov. Sonny Perdue indicated Friday he's likely to sign a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls, but he has problems with legislation that would ban smoking in many public places. ...

Perdue said he has no qualms about signing into law one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed this year, a requirement that voters produce a photo ID at the polls. The bill eliminates nearly a dozen permissible forms of ID currently allowed at Georgia polls, including birth certificates and utility bills.

Republican sponsors argued photo IDs are needed to cut down on voter fraud. Critics, especially African-American legislators, said it is unnecessary and discriminates against minorities and the elderly. Some critics predict the measure will be rejected by the U.S. Justice Department, which must review the measure for compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

"I think it's appropriate," Perdue said of the bill. "I believe in the integrity of the voting process. And I don't think it's disenfranchising whatsoever to require that."

The governor estimated that about 300,000 Georgians 18 or older don't have a driver's license, one of the pieces of photo ID that would be allowed at polls. About 50,000 of those people are incarcerated, he said.