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Georgia: federal court stops restrictive voter registration rules

Bradley Heard informs me by email: Today, a federal judge in Atlanta blocked enforcement of Georgia state regulations that went into effect earlier this year that imposed needlessly restrictive administrative requirements on voter registration activities. The plaintiffs, civic organizations and voting rights groups, said the laws were in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), and would severely limit the effectiveness of efforts to increase and encourage participation in the political process.

( To view the legal documents, go to: http://www.moldenholley.com/ACORN_v_Cox.htm )

“These regulations would have made the operation of an effective voter registration program nearly impossible by removing our ability to check applications,” said Dana Williams, Chairman of Georgia ACORN. “ACORN helped over 22,000 Georgia citizens register to vote in our 2004 registration drive. We knew we were doing that work with success and with integrity because we had a quality control system that checked the applications collected by our staff and volunteers.”

Today’s decision is one in a series of victories in the past two years arising from litigation in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Ohio blocking enforcement of state laws and regulations that severely burdened third-party voter registration activities and denied traditionally disenfranchised citizens assistance in registering to vote.

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