A Georgia House committee approved a measure Monday that would require the phrase “ineligible voter” printed on licenses issued to people who don’t have U.S. citizenship. The bill originally required the term “noncitizen,” but the bill’s sponsor state Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, said he reconsidered after the legislation faced backlash. “A driver’s license is the first form of an ID that people have, and obviously I just didn’t take into account for political correctness,” Powell said.
The Georgia Department of Driver’s Services currently prints the phrase “limited-term” on licenses issued to people without U.S. citizenship, but are in the country legally. Powell has said that phrase isn’t clear enough.
Supporters say the label is necessary to prevent ineligible voters from voting, but opponents argue the bill is unnecessary, and said there are already measures to ensure a person’s citizenship status is verified for voting.