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The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's system of using Social Security numbers and driver's license data to check whether prospective voters are citizens, a process that was a subject of a federal lawsuit in the weeks leading up to November's election.

In a letter released on Monday, the Justice Department said the state's voter verification program is frequently inaccurate and has a "discriminatory effect" on minority voters. The decision means Georgia must halt the citizenship checks, although the state can still ask the Justice Department to reconsider, according to the letter and to the Georgia secretary of state's office. http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jun/01/us-voting-checks-060109/

By Shannon McCaffrey -- The Associated Press

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Updated: Mon, Jul 24th 2017 @ 2:44pm EDT