A state judge in Georgia yesterday struck down a law requiring voters to show photo ID, saying it violated the state constitution and couldn't be enforced. The ruling "was a significant setback for the Republican-led effort to enforce a photo ID requirement at the polls in Georgia… In October, a federal judge blocked an earlier version of the law, which would have required registered voters who lacked an acceptable photo ID to pay to have one made. Legislators quickly rewrote the measure to make the ID cards free. Supporters of the law say the cards are necessary to prevent voter fraud."
The Washington Times reports that the House "is expected to pass a bill today that would require voters to present photo identification to participate in national elections," which the paper says is "the latest in a slew of border-security measures House Republicans are pushing before the November elections. Democrats oppose the legislation, which presents another sticking point for the Senate on immigration reform." The bill is called the "Federal Election Integrity Act."
Sponsor Henry Hyde (R) "calls it a safeguard against voter fraud." "Democrats say that the move to impose a national photo ID requirement is part of a Republican effort to discourage participation by low-income and minority voters likely to back Democratic candidates - a charge GOP lawmakers strongly deny. In today's House debate, some Democrats intend to argue that the bill's requirement that voters provide proof of citizenship starting in 2010 would create a hurdle for some that effectively amounted to a 'poll tax.'"