Alabama is trying its best to prevent black people from voting. The state, which already requires an ID to vote, will now stop issuing driver’s in counties where 75% of registered voters are black.

The move is supposedly because of budget cuts, and 31 satellite motor vehicle offices will no longer have driver’s license examiners. This is now happening just one year after their photo ID law started.

Most people use their driver’s license as a photo ID, and this would further eliminate the number of black voters heading out to the polls. People who want licenses in those counties, will now have to travel further out to other places.

John Archibald, a writer for AL.com, gave his views about the new laws:

“Because Alabama just took a giant step backward,” he wrote. “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.”

“Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one,” Archibald explained. “But maybe it’s not racial at all, right? Maybe it’s just political. And let’s face it, it may not be either… But no matter the intent, the consequence is the same.”

“It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen,” he insisted. “It is a slap in the face to all who believe the stuff we teach the kids about how all are created equal.”

“So roll out the welcome wagon to the Justice Department, and tell the world what it already so desperately wants to hear,” he concluded. “That Alabama is exactly what they always thought she was.”

“That Alabama refuses to pay for its own government, and used it as an excuse to keep black people from the polls. That Alabama hasn’t changed a bit.”

It sure hasn’t.

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  • These rednecks and repugs will not stop at anything to disenfranchise select voters. I remembered how in North Carolina, prior to the last year election, officials moved the polling places in areas inaccessible to people without transportation in liberal leaning areas such as Asheville, NC in the western part of the state and Elizabeth City in the eastern portion of the state. Texas had even made districts that were populated heavily by Latinos vote-at-large districts while other surrounding districts populated mostly by Whites were restricted to those residents. Rachel Maddow used to report on those developments as soon as they broke. However, I had fallen out of favor of MSNBC in terms of the direction that they are currently taking. Even her program seemed “obsessed” with the polling of the Republican Race and less about what is affecting localities. With all of the progressive shows going by the wayside or taken off, there is no one to report on these issues. It seems like the corporate media are too busy trying to develop Hillary Clinton’s coronation while entertaining Trump’s antics in order to protect the status quo of inequality and rigged elections. It is all disheartening.

    • Me

      I’ve been put off by this election cycle too. Corporate news has become a media side show, and there are not enough small time news sources to care about what’s happening to real people. Everything is about ad dollars, which means everything becomes about the drama & freak shows instead of real issues.

  • Without question, this is a despicable policy in a state with a long history ironically involved in the fight for voting rights. Over 50 years ago, Brothers and Sisters protested in Selma and all over Alabama to fight for voting rights. Many people shed blood (in the Bloody Sunday incident where police brutalized peaceful protesters) and many people died (like Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Reeb, and Viola Liuzzo). The Voting Rights Act was passed. Now, we have reactionaries restricting voting rights with Voter ID laws and Alabama is closing down 31 offices in the state. We even have the Supreme Court gutting parts of the Voting Rights Act. This will increase the burden where black people and the poor seek to get drivers’ license. Driver licenses are key things used in fulfilling the voter ID requirement in Alabama. Alabama has a Republican controlled legislature that refused to raise taxes or use other alternatives in addressing its budget crisis. Some Republicans in Alabama want to shut down state parks, etc. This policy will further disenfranchise Alabama citizens.

    The reasonable policy of increasing voting rights ought to be established by expanding voting requirements (without the usage of massive restrictions of voting requirements when vote fraud is very minuscule in our generation). The state of Alabama itself estimated that 250,000 eligible voters lacked the proper ID, but gave out only about 1,000 as of last April. In the 2014 midterm elections, hundreds of voters were disenfranchised by the ID requirement, and election turnout was the lowest it has been since the mid-1980s. So, voting rights is a real issue in America. The struggle is not over by a long shot. That is why the Moral Mondays movement is found in North Carolina where courageous human beings are opposing NC’s strict Voter ID law. That is why people are constantly fighting against other reactionary voter ID laws which limit voting times, limit voting requirements, and it has other restrictions. We are all in favor of voting rights and justice.

  • CoolChic

    This is straight up illegal. Is there no way we can fight this? You would think this would be major news.

  • Mico

    It has only been 2 years since the SC ruled that the Voting Rights Act was no longer necessary. Yet this state, which is historically one of the states that the VRA was created for, commits this blatantly racist, classist, ableist, and ageist crime. First they redistrict communities, then disenfranchise voters by requiring id to vote, and now they are also closing down the places where they can get ids and driver’s licenses. This not only affects voting rights but also driving rights. If Alabama is on of those states with stop and frisk laws then it can also affect those who don’t drive. This is shameful, but not surprising. I wonder if/when this ish is going to stop, and how far they will go to strip us of our rights.