Georgia Must Allow “Pending” Registration Applicants To Vote, DC Council Committee Approves Lowering Voting Age

Judge: Georgia Must Allow “Pending” Registration Applicants To Vote

Savannah, GA — A federal judge says Georgia must make it easier for voters whose registration has been flagged for possible citizenship issues to prove they are U.S. citizens when they go to the polls.
The order Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor L. Ross arose from an October lawsuit by civil rights groups making a broader challenge to Georgia’s “exact match” verification process, which requires that information on voter applications precisely match information in state or federal databases.
The groups argued that voters flagged as potential non-citizens are unfairly burdened because the state says only a deputy registrar can verify proof of citizenship at a polling place.
The judge ruled the requirement threatens “irreparable harm” to some voters. She ordered that poll managers may also clear voters who can prove citizenship.

DC Council Committee Approves Lowering Voting Age

(Washington, DC) — A DC City Council committee is moving forward a bill that lowers the voting age. The legislation will now be placed on the agenda of the November 13th meeting to be voted on by the full council. If approved, 16 and 17-year-olds living in the District could be the first in the country to cast a vote for president in the 2020 election.

Study: Not Easy To Vote In Virginia

(Norfolk, VA) — A new study is revealing that Virginia is a difficult state to vote in. The Cost of Voting Index was developed by a political science chair at Northern Illinois University and weighs 33 different variables in every state dating back to 1996. The professor said the Commonwealth was pushed towards the bottom of the list because there’s no early voting period and voters need an acceptable excuse to vote absentee. Only Mississippi was found to be more difficult to vote.

First-Place Washington Host Falcons On Sunday

(Landover, MD) —  Washington’s first-place pro football tean will host to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Washington occupies the top spot in the NFC East at 5-and-2 and is riding a three-game winning streak. The ‘Skins bolstered their defensive backfield by acquiring Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at the trade deadline. The Falcons have won two straight after a 1-and-4 start and are tied for last place in the NFC South with Tampa Bay at 3-and-4. Atlanta has won five straight against Washington dating back to 2006.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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