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Judge upholds voter ID checks

October 17, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal judge in Atlanta denied a request by voting rights groups to stop Georgia from asking new voters to prove their identities and citizenship, saying that halting the checks could harm the integrity of the election.

The groups argued in a lawsuit filed last week that the checks, which involve matching voter applications with driver's license and Social Security data, amount to a "systematic purging" of rolls weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

The groups are to press their case before a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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