SCAG joins 11-state coalition supporting Alabama’s Voter ID law

by | April 14, 2018 3:50 am

Last Updated: April 14, 2018 at 4:59 pm

Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson has joined an amicus brief supporting an Alabama law requiring voters to show personal identification at the polls. Attorneys general from 10 other states signed onto the filing.
Several civil rights groups have sued Alabama, claiming minorities are discouraged from casting ballots when they must produce IDs. Attorney General Wilson said IDs are easy to obtain and create no undue hardships for minority voters.
A U.S. district court already has upheld Alabama’s law as a constitutional safeguard against fraud and abuse, but plaintiffs now have taken their arguments to the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
“This is about protecting the integrity of the ballot box,” Wilson said. “Federal courts have already ruled that states such as South Carolina can require IDs to prevent voter fraud and abuse, and that can be done without putting a burden on voters.”
A federal court has also upheld Indiana’s Voter ID law in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board.

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  1. Comment by Donna

    April 14, 2018 at 19:35

    I don’t understand what the problem is with showing an ID to verify identity. You have to show a photo ID to open a bank account, cash a check, test drive a car, get a cell phone, enroll a child in school, sign a legal document, get married, get a fishing/hunting license, rent/buy a house, pick up a prescription, get utilities turn on, buy cigarettes and alcohol, get insurance, use a credit card, apply for social services, get on a plane, present to law enforcement, go to a doctor/dentist, and the list goes on and on. Why WOULDN’T you have to prove who you are to vote??? Is obtaining an ID card an undue hardship to do any other reasonable activity? Seems to me that this is just an excuse, SMH.

  2. Comment by Ted E Caddell Sr

    April 15, 2018 at 08:48

    If I.D. is required All the dead people can’t vote . Illegal voting is wide spread.


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