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Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia
Georgia State News ^ | June 1, 2009 | Karen Handel Georgia Sec. of State

Posted on 07/19/2009 3:12:25 PM PDT by NorwegianViking

Obama Justice Department Decision Will Allow Non-Citizens to Register to Vote in Georgia

Decision Bars Georgia From Continuing Voter Verification Process

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel issued the following statement following the U.S. Department of Justice’s denial of preclearance of Georgia’s voter verification process

Atlanta - “The decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to deny preclearance of Georgia’s already implemented citizenship verification process shows a shocking disregard for the integrity of our elections. With this decision, DOJ has now barred Georgia from continuing the citizenship verification program that DOJ lawyers helped to craft. DOJ’s decision also nullifies the orders of two federal courts directing Georgia to implement the procedure for the 2008 general election. The decision comes seven months after Georgia requested an expedited review of the preclearance submission.

“DOJ has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgia’s elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicant’s citizenship status or whether the individual even exists. DOJ completely disregarded Georgia’s obvious and direct interest in preventing non-citizens from voting, instead siding with the ACLU and MALDEF. Clearly, politics took priority over common sense and good public policy.

“This process is critical to protecting the integrity of our elections. We have evidence that non-citizens have voted in past Georgia elections and that more than 2,100 individuals have attempted to register, yet still have questions regarding their citizenship. Further, the Inspector General’s office is investigating more than 30 cases of non-citizens casting ballots in Georgia elections, including the case of a Henry County non-citizen who registered to vote and cast ballots in 2004 and 2006.

“It is important to underscore that not a single person has come forward to say he or she could not vote because of the verification process. Further, while DOJ argues that the process is somehow discriminatory, the historic voter turnout among Hispanic and African-American voters in the 2008 general elections clearly says otherwise.

“This decision provides a specific example of the inherently illogical and unfair nature of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. It is a sad day for the rights of our state and for the integrity of our elections. I remain committed to continuing the fight for citizenship verification. In the coming days, I will consider every option available to the state, including the possibility of legal action.”

Background:

As required by law and ordered by federal courts in October 2008, the eligibility of new applicants to register and vote is checked against the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and Social Security Administration databases to ensure that individuals registering to vote report similar information. If information in these databases does not match information reported on the voter registration form, the applicant is asked to clarify the information. Additionally, if the applicant previously reported to DDS that he or she is not a U.S. citizen, that person is asked by a registrar to provide proof of citizenship.

Prior to the November 2008 General Election, Secretary Handel sent letters to 4,771 voter registration applicants whose records at DDS indicated they were not U.S. citizens, asking them to provide documentation of their citizenship. As of March 2009, 2,148 of these applicants still have chosen not to resolve the question about their U.S. citizenship.

In the November 2008 General Election, county election officials reported that 599 individuals cast a challenged ballot because the voter had previously indicated to DDS that he or she was not a United States citizen and had not resolved their status with county officials at the time of the election. Of those, 369 ballots were accepted because the voter provided documentation of their citizenship after the election; and 230 were rejected because the individual chose not to confirm his or her citizenship status.

On October 10, 2008, activist organizations including the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit to attempt to prevent Georgia from verifying the eligibility of applicants to register and vote in the November General Election, including whether those individuals were citizens of the United States.

On October 16, 2008, U.S. District Court Judge Jack Camp denied the motion by MALDEF and ACLU; directed the State to continue the verification process; and acknowledged the State’s requirements to verify information under the Help America Vote Act. In his order, Judge Camp stated:

HAVA requires that Defendant Handel match information in the statewide voter registration database with information from the Georgia DDS and the SSA databases “to the extent necessary to enable each such official to verify the accuracy of the information provided on the applications for voter registration.”

Judge Camp also stated:

Since the possibility of fraudulent and inaccurate voting could significantly injure and diminish the public’s respect and confidence in the electoral process, the State’s ability to maintain reliable voter lists is paramount to a temporary and minor inconvenience to a few individuals.

On October 27, 2008, a U.S. District Court three-judge panel again directed the State to continue its voter registration verification process and challenge ballot procedures through the November General Election.

The 2008 elections were the largest in Georgia’s history, featuring record turnout among minority voters with the citizenship verification program in place. The figures below represent voter turnout statistics among Hispanic/Latino, African-American and White voters from the 2004 and 2008 General Elections.

Voter Demographic 2004 Total Number of Votes Cast 2008 Total Number of Votes Cast Percentage Increase in Votes Cast

Hispanic/Latino 18,000 43,000 140%

African-American 834,000 1.2 million 42%

White 2.3 million 2.5 million 8%

Karen Handel was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2007. The Secretary of State's office offers important services to our citizens and our business community. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.


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This slap in the face to U.S. citizenship and democracy was issued a month ago, but I was not aware of it until 07-19-2009. I wonder if and when it will go into effect in all of our states?
1 posted on 07/19/2009 3:12:25 PM PDT by NorwegianViking
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To: NorwegianViking

This should be appealed.


2 posted on 07/19/2009 3:14:58 PM PDT by ak267
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To: NorwegianViking
Veterans, military, and votes of Republicans will no longer count.

Any conservatives will be attacked outside of voting booths.

Welcome to Obama's AMERIKA 2009.

3 posted on 07/19/2009 3:15:40 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: NorwegianViking

Brought to you by the folks behind “Yes, We Can” and “Change You Can Believe In.”


4 posted on 07/19/2009 3:16:28 PM PDT by cranked
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To: NorwegianViking
Another blatantly unconstituional action by the Obama administration.

A PETITION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RESTORATION

5 posted on 07/19/2009 3:16:52 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: ak267
Is there a legal defense fund fighting this insanity? I'd like to contribute. Obamacare jokes Obama jokes
6 posted on 07/19/2009 3:17:20 PM PDT by tbw2 (Freeper sci-fi - "Humanity's Edge" - on amazon.com)
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To: NorwegianViking

This is why I go ballistic when I hear people say that Jim Thompson “wants to toss out the results from the last election”. Our elections have become no different than those held in Havana, Tehran or in Saddam’s Baghdad. They are an absolute joke. The votes cast mean absolutely nothing. It’s the way the votes are “counted” that put Communists and Marxists into office.


7 posted on 07/19/2009 3:18:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (WWTHD - What Would The Hondurans Do?)
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To: NorwegianViking

the bomb must be stopped.....


8 posted on 07/19/2009 3:18:56 PM PDT by The Wizard (Democrat Party: a criminal enterprise)
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To: NorwegianViking

Obviously America is dead!

New Rules

According to Obama.

Next: Pres doesn’t have to be an American


9 posted on 07/19/2009 3:20:36 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: NorwegianViking

So why doesn’t the Governor and Atty.Gen. grow some and tell the DOJ to fu*k off.


10 posted on 07/19/2009 3:21:37 PM PDT by guardian_of_liberty (We must bind the Government with the Chains of the Constitution...)
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To: NorwegianViking

“So what? *yawn* But when they come for my guns, THEN they’re gonna be sorry!”


11 posted on 07/19/2009 3:22:06 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Lady Liberty is Kitty Genovese, right outside our windows.)
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To: NorwegianViking

I love this the Rev. Manning,

Try
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5I6ho0Qjco

He hits the nail on the head.
Its time to take the motherfkkkr back


12 posted on 07/19/2009 3:22:24 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Diogenesis
“Welcome to Obama’s AMERIKA 2009.”
From the folks that refuse to prove that Obama is a legal citizen, this comes as a surprise?
They are already preparing to try to fix the 2010 elections.
They will try at their peril.
13 posted on 07/19/2009 3:22:30 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (America held hostage - day 163)
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To: NorwegianViking

This is insane.


14 posted on 07/19/2009 3:22:39 PM PDT by livius
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To: NorwegianViking

Lock and load!


15 posted on 07/19/2009 3:23:15 PM PDT by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: NorwegianViking

Why not ignore them and let the games begin?


16 posted on 07/19/2009 3:30:15 PM PDT by truthkeeper ("Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?")
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To: NorwegianViking
So when the Democrats declare they want ALL votes to clount, this is what they mean.

Except the military ballots of course.

18 posted on 07/19/2009 3:37:06 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("They're not Americans. They're liberals! "-- Ann Coulter, May 15, 2008)
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To: NorwegianViking

They are already doing this through ACORN.

Obama has to go.


19 posted on 07/19/2009 3:41:24 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
“So what? *yawn* But when they come for my guns, THEN they’re gonna be sorry!”

So tiring to hear this crap.
Harper's Ferry
Southern Succession
Shay's' Rebellion
WWI veterans "Bonus Army"
American Indians many times over

So you are going to make a difference.

20 posted on 07/19/2009 3:43:21 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: NorwegianViking

There it goes. It Acorn and Illegal immigrant vote fraud occurring, Zero knows we will never be able to dethrone him and his cohorts.


21 posted on 07/19/2009 3:46:16 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: livius

None dare call it conspiracy.


22 posted on 07/19/2009 3:47:05 PM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: ak267
"This should be appealed .. fought."

Fixed

23 posted on 07/19/2009 3:48:44 PM PDT by knarf
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
Your cell is waiting, slave.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

24 posted on 07/19/2009 3:49:09 PM PDT by wku man (Who says conservatives don't rock? Go to www.myspace.com/rockfromtheright)
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To: NorwegianViking

Then the GA poll workers must aggressively ID everyone who turns out at the polls on election day, regardless of what those POSs in the fed government have to say about it. Let it be an issue... please.


25 posted on 07/19/2009 3:50:03 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

“So you are going to make a difference. “

I’m old. I have little left. I am ready.


26 posted on 07/19/2009 3:51:45 PM PDT by charmedone (There is a right to health care but no right to be born?)
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To: Diogenesis

Have you forgotten? That is why we are armed.


27 posted on 07/19/2009 3:53:52 PM PDT by calex59 (I, me, myself, am actually Jim Thompson)
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To: NorwegianViking

If illegals can already get driver licenses and are allowed to vote, why in the hell would they ever want to become U.S. citizens and have to pay taxes? Doesn’t make much sense to me. I guess they aren’t as bright as the DemocRATS are telling us they are.


28 posted on 07/19/2009 3:54:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (WWTHD - What Would The Hondurans Do?)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


29 posted on 07/19/2009 3:54:57 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: charmedone

Me too. I am armed. I believe in the American Constitution as it was written.


30 posted on 07/19/2009 3:55:07 PM PDT by calex59 (I, me, myself, am actually Jim Thompson)
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To: NorwegianViking
Well then, the red state of Georgia is being welcomed into the color of blue.

Enjoy your federalist freedom Georgia!

31 posted on 07/19/2009 3:55:50 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: guardian_of_liberty

My thought too.


32 posted on 07/19/2009 3:56:13 PM PDT by lowbridge (It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's that they know so much that isn't so - Ronald Reagan)
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To: NorwegianViking

He’s a non-natural born citizen sitting in the WH.


33 posted on 07/19/2009 3:58:13 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: NorwegianViking

I think that Georgia ought to tell DOJ to go pound sand.


34 posted on 07/19/2009 4:01:01 PM PDT by meyer (Obama's failure is America's Success.)
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To: NorwegianViking

Obama is throwing this crap out there to confuse or distract us so we won’t concentrate on one thing. He doesn’t have the power to do this.

We have our priority and that is a free America.


35 posted on 07/19/2009 4:01:51 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: ak267

“This should be appealed.”

It will be.


36 posted on 07/19/2009 4:02:30 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: guardian_of_liberty

Exactly. The authorities in Georgia should tell Obama and Holder to take their unconstitutional edict and shove it up their mama’s behind.


37 posted on 07/19/2009 4:03:44 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (If Randy Cunningham is in prison for corruption, then why isn't Diane Feinstein locked up as well?)
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To: Diogenesis
Any conservatives will be attacked outside of voting booths.

When the attacks start, it's time to bump it up a notch...


38 posted on 07/19/2009 4:04:11 PM PDT by meyer (Obama's failure is America's Success.)
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To: NorwegianViking

Every person in a precinct in GA needs to ask the County Election board for the voter list for their precinct and check out everyone that voted on the list in 2008. It takes awhile but then you petition to have non-legitimate names removed and then take it to the DA if they won’t comply and if DA is a RAT, take it to the GA Attorney General.

Only the Court can issue this ruling as every AG ruling can be appealed. We need to play smart and start locally and move it up through the channels. Motor Voter needs tossed out the window because it requires no proof of citizenship.

DOJ is a tool of the Administration and have no legal standing once it gets in the Court. It is time all of America saw that this Administration wants illegals and none US citizens to vote.


39 posted on 07/19/2009 4:04:44 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: meyer

I’m not much into online petitions, but Karen Handel has one and says: “Bring it on!”

http://www.karenhandel.com/site/c.nmL0KhN0LxH/b.5208601/k.ADFC/Help_Karen_Handel_Stop_NonCitizens_from_Voting_in_Georgia/apps/ka/ct/contactus.asp?c=nmL0KhN0LxH&b=5208601&en=dvIVL8NPInLUJ4PXLiJOIcOUJmI2I8PTKkLVI8PXLvKdE


40 posted on 07/19/2009 4:05:06 PM PDT by JavaJumpy
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I have harped ad nasueum since the last election UNTIL WE GET VOTER FRAUD AND STOLEN ELECTIONS FIXED......
there is NO point in giving money to candidates, working for candidates or even voting!!!

All the grassroots work will be WORTHLESS UNTIL WE GET THIS MESS CLEANED UP!!!


41 posted on 07/19/2009 4:08:05 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Pray for Israel! And the Iranian people! and Honduras!)
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To: NorwegianViking

The ‘rat playbook for stealing the 2010 & 2012 elections.

Open the borders wide open, entice illegals with free 0bamacare & free welfare then have Acorn bus them to the election booths by the millions.


42 posted on 07/19/2009 4:08:07 PM PDT by Nasher (Sec. of The WH Swingset Hillary: Hows that whole Hope&Change thingy working out for ya?)
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To: NorwegianViking

this is old news...

High Court won’t hear voter ID appeal; 2nd suit active

Associated Press

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal to the oft-challenged Georgia law that requires voters to show photo ID before they vote.

The move on Monday means a January 2009 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the state’s voter ID law is final.

Critics have long tried to block the law, claiming it places an undue burden on poor, disabled people and minorities.

But Gov. Sonny Perdue called the decision a “victory for ensuring fair elections.”

Secretary of State Karen Handel says the voter ID law helps prevent voter fraud.

“Today’s denial of yet another challenge to our common-sense photo ID law represents a long-fought victory for Georgia voters and the security of our elections,” Handel said.

She noted that nearly 4 million residents cast ballots last year with the new law in place.

Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU voting rights project, said the court’s decision was no surprise: The Supreme Court doesn’t hear many cases in the first place and recently upheld a similar case from Indiana.

The next step for voter ID opponents would be legislative, McDonald said, but that would have to take place in Congress.

“I don’t think the state of Georgia … will change its mind,” he said.

A second lawsuit over voter ID is still in the state courts. The Georgia Democratic Party sued Handel before the 2008 election, but a Superior Court judge denied the party’s request for an injunction.

http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2009/06/09/vote0609.html

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2268113/posts


43 posted on 07/19/2009 4:08:14 PM PDT by luckybogey
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“DOJ has thrown open the door for activist organizations such as ACORN to register non-citizens to vote in Georgia’s elections, and the state has no ability to verify an applicant’s citizenship status or whether the individual even exists."

Which was exactly their intention!

44 posted on 07/19/2009 4:11:10 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: NorwegianViking
Can this be taken through the federal court system for a possible reversal?

Obviously the bambi administration is acting unconstitutionally and apparently thinks it's all some kind of joke or game. The clown Holder also let off those black panther thugs so their idea of voting and elections in the USA is the same as that of a banana republic.

45 posted on 07/19/2009 4:13:17 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Diogenesis

It is becoming a clear choice between freedom and tyrany!
Smpart people will probably make their choice and do what needs to be done!

USA can’t fall in a kind of south-american tyrany


46 posted on 07/19/2009 4:13:34 PM PDT by Ulysse
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To: NorwegianViking

Is there any appeal possible of this decision?


47 posted on 07/19/2009 4:15:29 PM PDT by uscabjd
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To: FlingWingFlyer
why in the hell would they ever want to become U.S. citizens and have to pay taxes? Doesn’t make much sense to me

They don't and they won't! That is another damn lie! They aren't going to pay any taxes, period! Most of them are paid CASH under the table anyway! How does the government THINK they are going to force anyone to report that?!

Hell, I may even see how much cash I can get paid if this crap continues! NO TAXES!

48 posted on 07/19/2009 4:16:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: berdie

later


49 posted on 07/19/2009 4:16:40 PM PDT by berdie (Philosophies of the school room in one generation will reflect the government philosophy of the next)
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To: NorwegianViking

USSC will become involved in this soon.


50 posted on 07/19/2009 4:17:12 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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