Judge denies voter citizenship verification suit

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge denied an attempt by voting groups to block Georgia's attempts to verify the identities and citizenship of new voter applicants.

The groups argued they amounted to a "systematic purging" of rolls just weeks before the election and filed a fedreal lawsuit saying the immigration checks must first be approved by the Department of Justice.

U.S. District Judge Jack Camp denied the order Thursday, saying it could lead to "significant voter confusion." But he said the plaintiffs may still press their case before a three-judge panel set to hear the case on Wednesday.

Georgia is among several states with a history of discriminatory voting practices that must clear an additional hurdle. It must get federal approval before changing election policy under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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