Ga. laws could be in limbo with court ruling

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
(Credit: MGN Online)

(Credit: MGN Online)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia officials have reacted cautiously to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Georgia has had to get federal approval for election law changes, from polling location to district lines. The court didn't strike down the "preclearance" rule itself. But the justices invalidated the formula used to determine what states submit their changes.

The question is what that means for new laws that Georgia officials have submitted to the Justice Department but not gotten a decision.

Attorney General Sam Olens praised the court's ruling in a statement but didn't say how he interpreted its effect on pending changes.

A spokesman in Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office said the state's top election lawyers are reviewing the decision.

(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)


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