Court: OK to ask for I’d before voting

ATLANTA — The state Supreme Court on Monday upheld a law that requires voters to show valid photo identification before casting a ballot.

“It has been interesting and educating to watch our judicial system in action,” Sen. Cecil Staton, R-Macon, said in a news release. “I am grateful for the justices’ ruling and grateful that the legal challenges are over for this common sense legislation. We can now move forward knowing that voting in Georgia is safer than before, simply because voters must prove who they are with common identification.”

Stanton in 2005 and 2006 sponsored the identification legislation at the root on the legal battle.

“Today’s ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court to uphold our photo ID law for in-person voting is a victory for our state’s election security. Photo ID plays a vital role in ensuring that no vote cast by an eligible Georgian is erased by a fraudulent ballot,” Secretary of State Kemp, a Republican, said in a news release. “As Georgia’s Chief Elections Officer, I will continue to fight any attempts by opponents of our common sense election laws to weaken the integrity of our elections processes.”

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