March 5, 2017

Alabama bans more than 100,000 from voting for lack of photo ID

AL, Alabama - More than 100,000 registered voters in Alabama can't vote because they don't have the photo identification required by the state, an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund said..

And most of those who don't have the photo identifications are poor, black or Latino, the lawyer says.

A federal lawsuit challenging Alabama's requirement that voters present photo identification before they can cast a ballot was filed in 2015 on behalf of the Alabama NAACP and Greater Birmingham Ministries. The lawsuit alleges the 2011 photo ID law is racially discriminatory, violating the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A trial has been set for December in the case.

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