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Monday, August 23, 2010 - 9:46am

Ga. Voter Checks System Cleared

The U.S. Justice Department has cleared Georgia’s voter verification process. The move comes after the state agreed to make some changes and include all first time applicants.

The voter verification process matches driver’s license and social security numbers against voter information to verify citizenship. The Department of Justice had rejected the procedure, saying it would hurt minorities and does not comply with the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That’s because it only applied to mail-in voter registrations.

Georgia went to court over the issue in June and last week the state revised its process to include all first time applicants. That was enough to satisfy the Justice Department says Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

“That’s the reason I decided to go the route of a lawsuit, because it would force them to work with us," Kemp says. "And they did and the good news is we now have the pre-clearance and we can do the check again.”

The state will now drop its lawsuit against the Department of Justice.