Justice retreats on Georgia objection

Like the Continentals fleeing Brooklyn Heights the Justice Department has retreated from the objection to Georgia's plan to ensure that only citizens are allowed to register to vote.  The Atlanta Journal Constitution has more.

This was a bad
objection in the first place, and someone finally got involved who understood it and blew the retreat. 

Another explanation for the retreat is that
it pays to fight back.   The DOJ objected in May 2009 to Georgia's plan to verify citizenship of voter registrants.  Dickering and more dickering characterized the next 13 months - until Georgia fought back and sued in July 2010.  It shows that with Section 5 objections, states should bypass the Department and go straight to United States District Court where usually sound jurists will determine the outcome in the light of day, and not behind closed doors.  Jurisdictions should understand that Georgia probably spent less to file the lawsuit to obtain preclearance than they did dickering for 13 months.

A side note to the retreat, then-Assistant Attorney General Loretta King interposed this objection a few days after she ordered the dismissal of the New Black Panther case. 

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