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Georgia: federal court hearing set for today on voter I.D.

AP reports: A federal court is set to consider a request to block a Georgia law that requires voters to show photo identification less than a week before the law would apply for the first time at the polls.

Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the AARP and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund plan to ask a federal judge Wednesday to halt the law.

Making voters go to the county registrar's office to get a picture ID is an inconvenience that does nothing to address fraud at the ballot box, said ACLU attorney Neil Bradley.

"It's a complete sham," Bradley said. "The possession of an ID is an unnecessary burden, since the oath that you execute to get the ID is the same one you'd use on Election Day." -- AP Wire | 07/12/2006 | Ga. court considers halting voter ID law

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