Georgia

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: Town wanting to opt out of Voting Rights Act draws rebuke

June 2, 2010
April Hunt

Sandy Springs, the first Georgia city to try and bail out of of the Voting Rights Act, on Wednesday drew its first public rebuke, a Fulton County Commission resolution scolding its efforts.

The resolution opposing Sandy Springs' request carried no legal weight, but it sharply defined the differences between the county and a city that incorporated four years ago, with the latter claiming its residents are not receiving proper attention and service from the former and then seeking to be relieved from federal oversight of elections.

ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: Civil rights coalition targets voter verification

May 25, 2010
Péralte C. Paul

A group of civil rights advocates, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, are seeking a permanent injunction blocking Georgia's citizenship voter verification requirements, arguing in a federal court Monday that it targets and discriminates against minorities.

Monday's hearing before a three-judge federal panel comes days after Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue named the state GOP's general counsel as a special attorney general to sue the Justice Department to obtain approval of the contentious measure.

The civil rights advocates, which also include the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, filed suit in October of 2008 on behalf of Jose Morales, a Cherokee County man and a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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Original article here... http://www.ajc.com/news/civil-rights-coalition-targets-534504.html
ACLU - Voting Rights http://www.aclu.org/voting-rights
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund http://www.maldef.org/

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