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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 1:45pm

Georgia Ready to Sue Justice Department

Today Governor Sonny Perdue appointed a special Attorney General to take Georgia’s voter verification procedure to court rather than to the U.S. Justice Department.

Perdue has appointed attorney Anne W. Lewis to the temporary post, after Democratic Attorney General Thurbert Baker refused to sue on behalf of the state.

Georgia has been unable to get pre-clearance from the U.S. Justice Department for a controversial voter verification procedure.

The state also wants to implement Senate Bill 86. It was passed last year and requires citizen verification when registering to vote. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp says he's tired of dealing with a U.S. Justice Department controlled by the Obama administration. Instead he want to go directly to court.

“After going to route of the administrative way and it didn’t work, I feel the best route to go to the 3 judge panel.”

Opponents of the bill say it violates the Constitution and poses an undue burden on citizens when registering to vote. Under the Federal Voting rights act, Georgia needs pre-clearance for any changes in voting law.