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originally posted by: olaru12
originally posted by: amicktd
a reply to: olaru12
Are you sure the real reason wasn't because of this:
"The Driver License Division is severely understaffed and has 103 vacant positions as a result of past budget cuts and attrition," read a statement on the ALEA's website. The agency's statement said that the locations that are closing accounted for less than 5 percent of all the transactions it typically performs.
It very well could be....
But in politics, it's perception that matters and this will be perceived as an attempt at a racist exclusion of voters.
This could have been handled very differently.
That must be why you are spinning the story so hard, to influence perception the way you want it to be, damn the facts.
Alabama implemented its voter ID law shortly after the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which required the state get preapproval from the Justice Department every time it changed its voting laws because of its long historyof racially-based and often violent voter suppression. The ACLU and other voting rights groups argue the law disproportionately burdens the elderly, people of color, students, and the poor — who may have difficulty finding transportation to an office during the narrow hours they are open, and who may lack a birth certificate or other document needed to get the free identification card.
The state itself estimated that 250,000 eligible voters lacked the proper ID, but gave out only about 1,000 as of last April.
Alabama might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department. Come on in guys. Come on down.
No need to reply with an RSVP. Because we know you'll be here. How could you resist?
Because Alabama just took a giant step backward.