Monday, March 12, 2007

Karen Handel: And when I say "proactive," I mean . . .

That the Republican voter ID law is a regulation in search of a justification, perhaps?

[Barnes] said the specter of voting fraud should not be used "to imperil the right to vote."

Barnes said the Legislature could determine the manner, time and place of elections but that when it comes to voting it could not put in place requirements more stringent than those required when someone registered to vote.

"What you cannot do is erect something that is so onerous that it disenfranchise a whole group of people," he said.

Secretary of State Karen Handel told reporters after the arguments the law did no such thing and said Barnes' pitch appealed to emotions, not facts.

"There was a very stirring emotional plea from one side," Handel said. "But the facts are that we need to deal with the facts of law."

She said the law was a pro-active measure to prevent voter fraud.

Of course, it would have to be "pro-active," since the Republicans who voted for this regulation never bothered to determine if the voter fraud it supposedly prevented actually existed, any more than they bothered to determine how many Georgians might be disenfranchised by it.