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Barely one year after Alabama’s voter-ID law went into effect, officials are planning to close 31 driver’s license offices across the state, including those in every county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus are using the hashtag #ShameonAL on Twitter on Wednesday to describe the state's decision to close driver's license satellite offices in the state that disproportionately affect African Americans, the poor and the elderly.
Rev. Jesse Jackson planned to meet with Secretary of State John Merrill Wednesday afternoon on the removal of driver’s license examiners from rural offices, which has stoked fears about limiting individuals’ ability to vote.
Last year, Alabama began enforcing a controversial voter ID law that disenfranchised hundreds of otherwise eligible voters who lacked the proper documents. This month, the state plans to close 31 driver’s license offices — most of them in rural, impoverished, majority-black counties — making it even harder for residents to get the most common form of ID used to vote.
Can you remember all the way back to June 25, 2013? That was the day John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, declared racism to be not that big of a problem. Not gone entirely, but not nearly as bad as it used to be. Siding with the 5-4 majority in Shelby v.
Congresswoman Terri Sewell is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the closure of 31 Alabama driver's license offices.
Sewell sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday saying the closures disproportionately impact rural, African-American and poor communities.
Can anyone seriously believe that the closing of so many driver license offices in so many predominantly black Alabama counties, with all the implications for voting in a state with a harsh voter ID law, would have happened before the Voting Rights Act was gutted two years ago? The preclearance provisions of the law that were removed in the infamous Shelby County v.
On the heels of asking for a federal investigation into her state's closure of driver's license offices in multiple counties – an impediment for residents who want to get photo IDs to vote in next year's elections – Alabama's lone African-American representative is noting that no House Republicans have signed on to a bill that would update and strengthen the landmark Votin
Following on the segment from Friday’s show, the racially charged controversy regarding voting rights in Alabama is quickly becoming a story of national significance. Rep.
Alabama's only Democratic member of Congress is requesting the Justice Department investigate the state's decision to close 31 driver's license offices, arguing the move could curtail the voting rights of residents in poor, rural, mostly-African American communities.