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Justice Department OKs Georgia voting checks

ATLANTA -- The Justice Department has cleared Georgia's system of verifying voters' identity and citizenship.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said today that the state would drop the lawsuit it has pending against the Obama administration to implement the voter checks.

The state filed a suit after federal officials three times rejected the state's system of using Social Security numbers and driver's license data to confirm whether prospective voters are U.S. citizens. Justice Department lawyers had earlier argued the program could discriminate against minorities.

Under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Georgia and other states with a history of discriminatory voting practices must preclear any changes to election rules.