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I.D. required to vote

Sept. 20, 2005

Albany - It's election day and voters in Dougherty County voters are choosing a new county commissioner for district two.

Voters in South and East Albany are choosing a successor to William Hall, who stepped down. 

And today was the first time voters had to show picture id's to cast a ballot.

 Aldyne Roberts showed her driver's license before she voted at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and she said she didn't mind.

"One reason, I am used to it. Most places you go now you have got to show your photo i.d., and I like that," said Ms. Roberts.

 Georgia's new law requiring official photo Identfication has been the subject of lawsuits and political attack by civil rights organizations. But every voter we talked with at the polls said they had no problems with it. 

Emma Carrithers said "I think we should, so we know who is voting."

Opponents of the new law claim it imposes an illegal poll tax on voters who have to pay for a state issued identification card.

Dougherty County Elections Supervisor Carolyn Hatcher said "The photo I-D from the Department of Driver Services is $20 for a three year. "

The State has now authorized free i.d. cards to those who can't pay the fee, but opponents still say photo i.d.'s will keep some people away from the polls.

Governor Sonny Perdue says the law will deter voter fraud. 

 Four candidates people are in the race for Dougherty County Commission district two.

Brenda Brown, John Hayes, Rance Pettibone, and David Williams are the candidates. Well have election results on WALB News 10 at 11.