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.