Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Let's amend the Georgia Constitution to eliminate the right to vote.

Such are the policies of the Republican Party:

Supporters of a state law requiring voters to present government-issued photo IDs before casting their ballots are considering an amendment to the Georgia Constitution in an effort to help overturn a string of courtroom defeats.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled last week that the law violated the state constitution's guarantee of the right to vote. The ruling, which provoked outrage among some supporters of the law, halted the ID requirement permanently unless the Georgia Supreme Court overturns the decision.

Supporters say the requirement to show a photo ID, instead of any one of 17 options previously allowed by Georgia law, will help cut down on voter fraud. Opponents note that the law's backers can provide few if any examples of in-person fraud and say the law disenfranchises thousands of poor, elderly and minority voters.

On Tuesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue threw his support behind the idea of a constitutional amendment, "if that's what it takes."

If the Supreme Court upholds Bedford's decision, I doubt that Sonny has the votes to put the amendment before the voters. Even if he did, I think his confidence in the outcome is misplaced; Georgians may have followed his lead against gays, but blacks will prove a more difficult target.