Voting problems

Voting rights groups are again trying to stop Georgia elections officials from screening new voters by asking them to prove their identities and citizenship -- a week after a federal judge rejected their claims.

But this time the groups are emboldened by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overruled a federal appeals court that ordered Ohio's top elections official to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility. The high court's ruling last week on the Ohio case involves a separate legal issue. But attorneys for Secretary of State Karen
Handel brought it up in arguments this month to support their claims that the checks help prevent voter fraud. The Georgia groups will ask a three-judge panel tomorrow to prevent state officials from matching new voting applications with driver's license and Social Security data.

They say the checks amount to a "systematic purging" of rolls just weeks before the Nov. 4 election.