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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 10:03am

Georgia Asks Justice Department to Reconsider Voting Criticism

Georgia has asked the Department of Justice to take another look at how the state verifies the citizenship of prospective voters.

Georgia uses social security numbers and driver’s license data to check citizenship status--a practice the justice department in May called “frequently inaccurate” and said it had a “discriminatory effect” on minority voters.

Secretary of State Karen Handel has asked the DOJ to reconsider its rejection.

Under the Voting Rights Act, Georgia has to get federal approval to any changes in the voting law.

This verification process was in place during last general election.