On May 23, the Georgia Democratic Party filed a new lawsuit against that state’s law requiring voters at the polls to show a government photo-ID. The suit depends on the Georgia Constitution, which sets forth the requirements for anyone to vote. The Constitution just sets age, citizenship and residency requirements. The lawsuit charges that an ordinary statute that adds to those qualifications violates the State Constitution. Democratic Party of Georgia v Perdue, Superior Court, Fulton Co., 2008-cv-151081. Thanks to Ed Still’s VoteLaw blog for this news.
The original law had been declared unconstitutional by a federal court several years ago. The legislature had then amended the law so the state ID is free. Then, the federal court had upheld the new law. The new lawsuit, depending on the state constitution, does not include any plaintiffs except the Georgia Democratic Party itself. The Georgia Secretary of State, Karen Handel, a Republican, seemed outraged by the new lawsuit. She said it is “extraordinarily outrageous and frivolous.”