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Civil rights groups appeal Alabama voter ID ruling

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said the law was intended ... Merrill said that the mobile service visited less than 10 homes since the lawsuit was filed. The appeal confirms it was five. One of those visits followed court testimony by plaintiff ...

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MONTGOMERY, Ala(AP) — Civil rights groups are again challenging a federal judge’s ruling that an Alabama law requiring a government-issued photo ID for voting is not discriminatory. Legal counsel for the Alabama NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and minority voters filed an appeal in the U.Sdistrict court in northern Alabama on Feb21. Since 2014, Alabama has required voters to show government-issued photo identification when they voteThe civil rights groups sued over the law in 2015, calling it discriminatory and an infringement on voting rightsThey contended Alabama politicians knew when they enacted it that Black and Latino voters “disproportionately lack the required photo ID.” U.SDistrict Judge LScott Coogler ruled in favor of the state in JanuaryHe concluded that the state makes provisions to help voters get IDs, including a mobile service that will make home visits if needed. Natasha Merle, NAACP’s Legal and Education Defense Fund assistant counsel, told The Associated Press that the court erred in depending on the mobile service to register all voters. “The district court acknowledged our evidence that over 100,000 voters, disproportionately Black and Latino voters, lack the required photo ID to vote, but suggested the disparities are not significant,” Merle said“The disenfranchisement of several thousand voters is not trivialWe will continue to fight to ensure every eligible Alabama voter can make their voice heard at the ballot box.” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said the law was intended to combat voter fraud and increase turnoutHe said voters could get the ID at any registrar during regular business hours or request the mobile service. “If they will show me one person who does not have photo ID or who can’t vote, I will send someone to their house today that will help them be registered to vote,” Merrill said“That’s why we had the voter ID lawsuit dismissed.” Merrill said that the mobile service visited less than 10 homes since the lawsuit was filedThe appeal confirms it was five. One of those visits followed court testimony by plaintiff Elizabeth Ware, a 60-year-old African-American voter from Mobile CountyHer photo ID was stolen in 2014, but she was turned away when she tried to replace itAfter her testimony, Merrill offered to send the mobile service to visit her home, where the state issued her an IDShe previously said she didn’t know anything about the service, which is only advertised online. The plaintiffs are asking for a trial, which Coogler canceled, to be rescheduled and the issue resolved before the state’s primary elections in June. Merle said problems with the photo IDs were already recorded at December’s special Senate electionA report from legal fellow Jennifer Holmes, who was on the ground in Alabama, said some voters in Mobile County were turned away at the polls because their addresses on the photo IDs didn’t match the addresses in the voting record SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleOmarosa Calls Trump’s White House a ‘Plantation’Next articleJalen Rose Tells College Players to Boycott March Madness Until They Get Paid Associated Press var block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20 = new tdBlock(); = "td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20"; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.atts = '{"limit":3,"ajax_pagination":"next_prev","live_filter":"cur_post_same_tags","td_ajax_filter_type":"td_custom_related","class":"td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20_rand","td_column_number":3,"live_filter_cur_post_id":171269,"live_filter_cur_post_author":"11988"}'; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.td_column_number = "3"; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.block_type = "td_block_related_posts"; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.post_count = "3"; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.found_posts = "32461"; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.header_color = ""; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.ajax_pagination_infinite_stop = ""; block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20.max_num_pages = "10821"; tdBlocksArray.push(block_td_uid_1_5a979cc900e20); RELATED ARTICLES Afro Briefs Papa John’s Takes a Knee, Gets Replaced by Pizza Hut Afro Briefs Secret Audit Points to Enrollment Fraud at DC High School !Front Page Sports First Black Woman NASCAR Owner Steps Up NO COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.

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