Georgia submits response on voter check challenge

ATLANTA (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department has received Georgia's response to a challenge of the state's voter identity and citizenship verification system.

The department told state officials last week that it thought Georgia had made changes to its voting process that needed prior clearance from the Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The department has 60 days to review Georgia's response, but with less than three weeks before the general election, officials said it would grant a request for an expedited review.

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker wrote in a 15-page memo that the state believes that the processes in question were mandated by Congress or were authorized under the state's election code.

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