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Alabama To Stop Issuing Driver’s Licenses In Counties With 75 Percent Black Registered Voters
By Anomaly on October 1, 2015
The state of Alabama announced that it will stop issuing driver’s licenses in every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters. In a state which requires photo ID to vote.
Because of budget cuts, driver license examiners will no longer work at 31 part-time satellite offices in those areas.
As Raw Story notes, this would mean that residents will need to travel to other counties to apply for licenses. This move comes just one year after the state’s voter photo ID law went into effect.
Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That’s Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed.
Closed. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting.
It’s not just a civil rights violation. It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen. It is a slap in the face to all who believe the stuff we teach the kids about how all are created equal.
Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one.
In Al.com’s column, the author adds, “And while the cuts come across Alabama, they are deepest in the Black Belt.”
” The harm is inflicted disproportionately on voters who happen to be black, and poor, in sparsely populated areas,” he continues.
He adds, “So roll out the welcome wagon to the Justice Department, and tell the world what it already so desperately wants to hear.”
“That Alabama is exactly what they always thought she was.”
Ever since the Voting Rights Act was gutted, we saw this coming. Ever since Voter ID was touted by Republicans, we saw this coming. 10 hour waiting periods to vote due to long lines was a dead giveaway.
No one is shocked by this news, only saddened.
What is there to say about this? The Alabama legislature is simply packed with bigoted, racist, red-necked, brain dead knuckle draggers? Even this is too mild for these assholes. Let's hope that the Justice Department gets on this like White on Rice. Too fucking many people have died in this country securing the right to vote for everyone to let this bullshit happen.