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Ballot Access News
Georgia Legislature Ends, Passes Bill Making it Harder to Register to Vote
April 4th, 2009
The Georgia legislature adjourned Friday night, April 3, a few minutes before midnight. On the last day the House passed SB 86. It requires people who are registering to vote to submit either a birth certificate or, if the person was born in a foreign country, documents showing the person was born a citizen, or naturalization documents.
Although a great deal of work was done in the last six months to find a sponsor for Georgia ballot access reform, no bill was introduced in the 2009 session.
On the last day of the session, HB 848 was introduced, to move the presidential primary from February to March. Of course the bill could not be acted upon, having been introduced so late, but the bill will be introduced again in 2010. The Democratic National Committee hopes to move all presidential primaries and caucuses that choose delegates from February to March, except for the four states that have special permission to be earlier than March. Thanks to Joshua Putnam for the news about HB 848.
A story from March 13th, in the journal Facing South, suggests that the moves for stricter voter ID in Georgia and other Southern states are a strategy to suppress voter turnout. That story is: here.
As noted in a story at the Fort Mill Times, critics of the bill have noted that the bill is a “Voting Rights Act nightmare” that could discriminate against the elderly and against foreign-born citizens. That story is: here