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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Article Summary   by:Mosimane    
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Voter Identification Dispute Moves To Congress In an era of terrorism scares- the United States Congress moves to cork the hole of fradulate voting. Eunice Moscoso of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that the United States House of Representatives voted 228-196 to pass a Voter Identification Law. Recently, a superior court judge in Atlanta, Georgia voided the Georgia Law on Voter Identification. He declared it an unconstitutional burden on voters. Lambasting the new bill- civil rights icon and United States Congressman John Lewis said- ``We fought too long , fought too hard, and suffered too long for the right to vote. People died to participate in the democratic process. We must not turn back the clock.` Countering this assertion- supporters of this measure such as Representative Lyn Westmoreland, a Georgia State Representative said that the state and nation needed the Voter Identification Law. As a spur to persuade wayward members of congress to come aboard on the enactment of this measure- Representative Henry Hyde, the bill`s sponsor, said that- `Voters who cannot afford an ID will be issued one. That`s some kind of poll tax` that somebody else pays for.` Republican lawmakers also contend that this bill would help more people vote because they would know their votes will not be cancelled by that of an illegal alien.
Published: September 22, 2006   
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