updated 7/6/2006 12:14:32 PM ET 2006-07-06T16:14:32

Less than two weeks before a primary, a new Georgia election law is being challenged in court.

The law requires residents to show a government-issued photo I-D before voting. But critics say it's unconstitutional because it disproportionately affects older, poorer and minority voters.

A similar law passed a year ago was blocked in federal court by a judge who equated it to a poll tax. Georgia lawmakers amended it to made free I-D cards available to those who need them. Election officials say only a few dozen of the cards have been requested so far.

Supporters of the law say it's necessary to prevent election fraud. A judge will hear arguments next week.

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