Vernon Jones @RepVernonJones, who is African American and a candidate for governor, said:
“Joe Biden’s DOJ is suing the state of Georgia because they think black people are too damn dumb to secure a Voter ID and properly vote.
This is racism at its worst.
While the Biden DOJ lawsuit is meritless, if @BrianKempGA had fought to secure our elections while President Trump was still in office, not just when he was fighting to be re-elected, we likely wouldn’t be dealing with this today.” (Vernon Jones, June 25, 2021)
As part of their efforts to spin lies that the Georgia election law is racist, the Biden DOJ appears to mix up two different topics. They seem to confuse the need for a DDS issued card with actually having a driver’s license. The Georgia DDS issues ID cards, Voter ID cards, as well as driver’s licenses.
So, you can have an ID card or a Voter ID card or a Driver’s License through the Georgia DDS. The Voter ID Card is FREE and valid for eight years. They have some additional IDs for the disabled, and indigent for $5.
The Biden DOJ appears to jump from the topic of having the DDS issued number to having a driver’s license. They don’t give a reference for the driver’s license statistic, either.
From Biden DOJ lawsuit:
“Data show, however, that Black Georgians are less likely to possess the DDS-issued ID number needed to request an absentee ballot than white voters, and that about 56 percent of the voters who do not have a driver’s license number associated with their registration are Black (even though Black Georgians represent about 29 percent of registered voters).” (p. 15)
ID cards from drivers license bureaux have been around for a very long time – over 40 years for those who opt to travel by public transit or bicycle but still need IDs for proof of age to go into bars, nightclubs, etc., or proof of identity for other reasons (like employment).
From the DDS web site:
“Georgia ID Card for Voting Purposes Only (NOTE: Must provide proof of valid voter registration). Valid for 8 years. No Fee When Qualified.”
From the lawsuit:
“48. First, at the request stage, voters must include on their absentee ballot application the identification number from their Georgia driver’s license or personal identification card issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (collectively “DDS-issued ID”). If they do not have DDS-issued ID, they must provide a copy of another form of identification, such as a utility bill. SB 202 § 25.
49. Second, when returning their absentee ballot, voters must print their DDS-issued ID number on the absentee ballot envelope. If they do not have DDS-issued ID, voters must print the last four digits of their Social Security number. If they do not have either DDS-issued ID or a Social Security number, voters must include a copy of another form of identification, such as a utility bill, with the absentee ballot. SB 202 § 28…
Data show, however, that Black Georgians are less likely to possess the DDS-issued ID number needed to request an absentee ballot than white voters, and that about 56 percent of the voters who do not have a driver’s license number associated with their registration are Black (even though Black Georgians represent about 29 percent of registered voters).” (p. 15)
Case 1:21-cv-02575-JPB Document 1 File
From the 148 page complaint: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1406456/download