According to news reports, the Republicans have removed the requirement for a photo in their new compromise to the voter photo ID bill.
Republican candidates could always depend on applause when they mentioned their support of voter photo ID legislation. And both State House and State Senate Republicans included the legislation on their top ten lists of legislation to pass in the first 100 days of the 2011 session.
Since Republicans outnumber Democrats 67 – 52 in the State House and 31 – 19 in the State Senate it is hard to understand this quote from the Election Committee Chair David Lewis, “Part of what you do up here is if you don’t get everything you want, you get as much as you can get.”
While HB 351 needed a little tweaking to get it to be as simple and easy to understand (and administer) as the Georgia voter ID legislation, it showed promise. And, since it looks like the Republicans are already getting push-back from liberal lawmakers and liberal special interest groups – now would be a good time to copy and paste the Georgia law verbatim and do what they said they were going to do on the campaign trail.
Click the links to see Georgia’s voter PHOTO ID law (it’s really not much more than I have listed here).
Georgia’s voter ID law O.C.G.A. § 21-2-417 has been tested and is simple and easy to understand. They require one of the following forms of ID to vote:
Any valid state or federal government issued photo ID, including a FREE Voter ID Card
A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired
Valid employee photo ID from any branch department, agency or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or a county, municipality, board authority or other entity of this state
Valid U.S. passport ID
Valid U.S. military photo ID
Valid tribal photo ID
To receive a voter identification card, voter must provide:
A photo identity document or approved non-photo identity document that includes full legal name and date of birth
Documentation showing the voter’s date of birth
Evidence that the applicant is a registered voter
Documentation showing the applicant’s name and residential address