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Federal appeals court upholds injunction against Georgia voter ID law

[JURIST] In a brief order issued Thursday, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] denied a request from Georgia to throw out a lower court injunction barring enforcement of the state's new voter identification law [JURIST news archive]. In issuing last week's order [PDF text; JURIST report], a US District Court judge reasoned that because the new law required voters to show a photo identification card, it discriminated on the basis of voters' ability to pay for the ID, thus functioning as an unconstitutional poll tax. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has more.

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