This excerpt is from www.rawstory.com:
Alabama to stop issuing driver’s licenses in counties with 75% black registered voters
The state of Alabama, which requires a photo ID to vote, announced
this week that it would stop issuing driver’s licenses in counties where
75 percent of registered voters are black.
Due to budget cuts, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said that 31 satellite DMV
offices would no longer have access to driver’s licenses examiners,
meaning that residents will need to travel to other counties to apply
for licenses. The move comes just one year after the state’s voter photo
ID law went into effect.
AL.com’s John Archibald asserted in a column on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice should open an investigation into the closings.
“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. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity
and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of
“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.”
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