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Thursday, October 20, 2005 

Judge Says No to Pic ID Vote Requirement (Why I Agree, For Now)

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge Tuesday blocked Georgia from enforcing a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

In issuing the preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy said the law amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax because the state is not doing enough to make ID cards available to those who cannot afford them.

The Judge has (I think inadvertently) exposed the dilemma of government concerning voting rights and controls. To mandate that all voters show official picture identification is the only way to ensure voter fraud is not rampant and wide spread. However, the quandary lies in that the states make getting that picture identification a red-tape lined bureaucratic mess that costs more than it should. Driver’s licenses and other forms of state identification have become a source of revenue for the state, instead of service they provide.

With governments black hole hunger for money, they will never make it easy and virtually free for average citizens to get these forms of identification, thus no Judge will allow you to make a state revenue program a mandatory practice for the fundamental right to vote.