ATLANTA (CN) – The Georgia Democratic Party claims enforcement of the state’s photo ID requirement violates the Georgia Constitution by discriminating against hundreds of thousands of registered voters, black voters particularly, who do not have driver’s licenses, passports or other state-issued ID.
Unlike the civil rights claims of the 1960s, which appealed to the federal government to override racist Southern laws, this complaint “asserts no claims that arise under the Constitution, laws or treaties of the United States.”
Plaintiffs claim the state’s “2006 Photo ID Act” – SB 84 – violates the Georgia Constitution “because it imposes an unauthorized additional condition on the fundamental right to vote.”
They claim the bill “discriminates against African-American voters in particular.”
And they claim that it is an illegal “retroactive law” because “it applies to citizens of Georgia who were lawfully registered to vote before the effective date” of the law.
Plaintiffs are represented by Emmet Bondurant with Dondurant, Mixson & Elmore.