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Dougherty supervisor sees problems for voter proposal

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

February  3, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  The Secretary of State is supporting a bill to require Georgians to prove their citizenship when they register to vote.

Current Georgia law only requires you to "swear or affirm" that you are a U. S. citizen by checking a box on the voter registration application. The bill would require new voters to provide a driver's license, birth certificate, passport, or naturalization documents.

Dougherty County election supervisor Carolyn Hatcher thinks this proposal will be seen as another step to hinder voter registration.

"You show your ID to vote, that should be sufficient I think," she said. "Quite frankly I think this is going backwards. I'm not sure the Department of Justice will approve this."

If you're already registered, the bill would require you to prove your citizenship if you moved your voter registration to a different county.

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