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Photo ID to vote

September 7, 2006

Albany - - The state elections board is going ahead with a plan to educate Georgians about the new voter photo identification law, even though it's not certain it will be in effect in November.

A judge prevented the state from applying the law during the July primary, and the November general election still faces a court challenge. Supporters say the ID law protects against voter fraud.

Critics say it negatively affects the poor, elderly, and minority voters who are less likely to have a valid photo I.D. Some people in Albany don't seem to mind.  

"To make sure you're a citizen of the U.S. That's the way I feel about it. No problem. I think everybody ought to show their driver's license," says Clifton Reese.

"I think it's a great idea, really I do. Everybody needs an I.D. really. If you're in the state, you need credential on you whether you vote or not, you need credential, you need an ID," says Betty Green.

Georgia's election board plans to mail information to 300,000 voters who may not have a photo ID to let them know of the change.

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