ViewPoint: Show your ID

September 18, 2007

After two years of legal battles over Georgia's voter identification law, the courts have upheld it.

That means the next time you go to vote, you will have to show a picture ID.

Proponents of the law say it'll reduce voter fraud; critics say it makes voting difficult for the poor.

The Judge who initially blocked enforcement of the law, Judge Harold Murphy, ruled last week that the voter ID law does not impose a significant burden on an individual's right to vote, and that preventing voter fraud serves a greater public interest. We agree.

Thankfully, the state now provides free photo ID's for people who can't afford them, and we encourage all of you who don't have one to get it as soon as possible.

It would be a downright shame if this kept you away from the polls.