In their Aug. 30 op-ed column, Frank B. Strickland and Anne W. Lewis said that a new Georgia law requiring a state-issued picture identification for voting is about fraud, not about Jim Crow. They said that the identity documents previously accepted for voting offer an opportunity for fraud, which made the ID cards from the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles necessary.

However, according to the department's Web site, the documents that previously were acceptable as voter ID are the same documents that can be presented to get an ID card -- i.e., utility bills, library cards, letters with your address, etc. The new Georgia ID cards cost $20. That cost -- and all this tap-dancing voters must do before going to the polls -- is a shameful move on the part of the Republican Party to limit minority voting.

Jim Crow laws required the payment of a poll tax before a person could vote. They required that local and property taxes be paid in full, and they required "literacy" tests for black voters, while illiterate white voters were not so restricted. Such laws were shameful then, and they are shameful now.

It's not surprising that Mr. Strickland and Ms. Lewis are identified as counsels past and present for the Georgia Republican Party -- what is surprising is that they describe themselves as "voting rights litigators."


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