Congressman Jack Kignston (R/GA-1) joined with Georgia's GOP delegation in sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the citizenship verification program in the state of Georgia. On May 29th, the U.S. Department of Justice overturned Georgia's law, and in turn, barred the state from continuing its citizenship verification program when it comes to voter registration. If the objection is allowed to stand, it will allow non-citizens to vote and undermine the integrity of elections in the state of Georgia. The GOP Georgia delegation released the following statements in response to the objection:
"The Department of Justice's move to kill voter security wouldn't be so bad if they offered a viable alterative. Based on its overwhelming support for ACORN, I find that highly unlikely," said Congressman Kingston.
"This goes to the heart of what I've been trying to say about the problem with preclearance': It creates a self-justifying cycle. Georgia works with the federal government on a plan, we submit the plan to those exact same people, and they then discover' some violation of civil rights and use that as evidence that Georgia still requires federal oversight. It's infuriating," said Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3)
"The citizenship verification system now blocked by the Obama administration was carefully developed by the State of Georgia working closely with the Justice Department to protect the sanctity of our elections. Electoral due diligence, not discrimination, spurred this effort. The State of Georgia has a responsibility to ensure that only eligible citizens participate in choosing our elected officials, and this decision obstructs the execution of that duty," said Congressman Tom Price (GA-6)
"This is raw politics of the worst order as the Obama Administration is showing a disregard for the democratic process. The promotion of their own party and own party agenda is taking a front seat over the rights of the American people. The DOJ decision shows a complete lack of respect for those hardworking American citizens who do have the right to participate in the democratic process. For each illegal immigrant that you improperly give the right to vote, a legal American citizen's vote is cancelled," said Congressman Paul Broun (GA-10)
"For an Administration that has gone out of its way to be viewed as a champion of transparency, I cannot understand why President Obama's Justice Department would not want transparency in the Electoral process. Georgians want to be assured that the person voting in the booth next to them is a legal citizen and resident of our great state - is that too much to ask? Protecting the integrity of our election process shouldn't be a partisan issue," said Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA- 11)