Saturday, August 29, 2015

Voter ID Might Be OK As Long As You Can Get An ID.

Alabama's legislature is proposing serious cuts to budgets, some of which would drastically reduce the number of offices where citizens can go to obtain driver licenses and state-approved identification.

The trouble is Alabama  has a voter ID law, and a failure of the state to provide access to the approved identification is not only de facto voter suppression but also likely to provoke lawsuits aimed at forcing Alabama to restore the funding.

This bears watching.
33 part-time rural drivers' license offices will close Oct. 1, Collier said. More closures Jan. 1, 2016 will leave 12 offices statewide, and that number will drop to four on March 1 – one each in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile.
That means an estimated 40,000 people a year will funnel to four offices for new drivers licenses and examinations, Alabama licenses for new residents moving from other states, and renewal of licenses after suspensions, department leaders said.

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