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    1 Oct 2015

    Alabama Demands Voter ID--Then Closes Driver's License Offices In Black Counties

    Archibald also noted that many of the counties where offices were closed also leaned Democrat.
    "But maybe it's not racial at all, right? Maybe it's just political. And let's face it, it may not be either." he wrote. "But no matter the intent, the consequence is the same."
    The voter ID law passed in 2011 -- which tightened previous ID requirements --includes driver's licenses on a very short list of government-issued photo IDs accepted in order to vote in the state. If a resident does not have the proper ID he or she must get two poll officials to vouch for his or her identity. Additionally, residents without photo ID can apply for a free state photo ID. The law was put into effect in 2014.
    Before Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) signed the voter ID legislation, the ACLU-Alabama saidit would have "a disproportionate negative impact on minority voters," noting that 62 percent of black Alabama residents depend on public transport, compared to 34 percent of whites.
    Challenges to voter ID laws are being litigated across the country, with a Texas case expected to end up in the Supreme Court. In that case, the appeals court ruled that the Texas law violated the Voting Rights Act because it had a discriminatory effect on minority voters.

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