Judge dismisses NAACP lawsuit challenging state’s photo ID law

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. District Judge L. Scott  Coogler issued a 69-page ruling Wednesday dismissing a lawsuit challenging Alabama’s Photo ID Law. This ruling came as a result of a lawsuit that was filed by the Alabama NAACP and the Greater Birmingham Ministries which charged that the Photo ID Law was created with a racially discriminatory purpose and violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

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Bring photo ID to the polls today; House District 4, Senate District 26 also have elections

December 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the day that Alabama selects its new U.S. senator to replace Jeff Sessions.  Sessions vacated the seat months ago to be President Donald J. Trump’s Attorney General.  In addition to the Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, there will also be major party primary elections in State House District 4 and state Senate District 26.

The hypermedia attention and the vitriol on social media is possibly drawing many voters to the polls that normally only vote in Presidential elections, if then.  In order to be sure that your vote is counted you need to remember to bring your photo ID with you when you go to the polls. The State of Alabama has a law that requires that you show a valid photo ID in order to get to participate in the election process.

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Today is the last day to register to vote in Senate election

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Today is the last day to register to vote and be able to participate in the December Special Election for U.S. Senate.

The Alabama Republican Party said on social media: “Make sure you’re registered to vote in the upcoming Alabama U.S. Senate Election. Registration ends on Monday, 11.27.17”

Republican Roy Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones for the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he was confirmed as U.S. attorney general.
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Sewell Responds to Court Decision Invalidating North Carolina’s Voter ID Law

August 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 30, 2016, US Representative Terri Sewell (D-Selma) called the federal appeals court ruling striking down the state of North Carolina’s voter ID law a great victory for American Democracy.

Congresswoman Sewell said in a statement, “The court ruling by the 4th Circuit on Friday striking down North Carolina’s voter ID law is a great victory for American democracy. As a strong advocate for equal access to the ballot box, I have been a vocal opponent of voter photo ID laws because of their discriminatory impact on certain vulnerable communities. The court ruling expressly validates this concern by finding that the new provisions in the North Carolina voting law ‘target African Americans with almost surgical precision.’ Likewise, the court panel noted the state’s motivation of reducing fraud ‘impose cures for problems that did not exist.”’
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Bentley Says Racism was Not a Factor in Closing Driver’s License Offices

October 8, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Wednesday, October 6, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) denied allegations that the decision to close 31 driver’s licenses offices across Alabama is part of some conspiracy to suppress Black voter turnout in the State.

The Alabama media group is reporting that Gov. Bentley said in Eva, “As far as voting rights, this (closings) has nothing to do with that.”

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Selma) has called on the US Department of Justice to investigate the decision by the Bentley administration.
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Sewell Denounces Drivers Office Decision

October 5, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
On Thursday, October 2, US Representative Terri Sewell (D) denounced the decision by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Director Spencer Collier and the Administration of Governor Robert Bentley (R) to close 31 driver’s license offices, most of them in rural areas of the State.
Rep. Sewell said, “Alabama needs to figure out a better way to balance the budget than on the backs of low-income people in communities of color.”
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Sewell urges Alabamians to prepare for Voter Photo ID law

April 9, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, April 8, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D) from Selma today urged her constituents and all Alabamians to make sure they’re ready for the implementation of Alabama’s new voter photo ID law, effective in the June 3 primary.
U.S. Representative Sewell reminded voters in a written statement, “It is our responsibility to make sure we are ready for the implementation of this law by June 3.  We cannot sit idly by and watch our friends and neighbors be robbed of the right to vote.  We must spread awareness about the law, and help to make sure that our family and friends get the proper ID they need to vote.”
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Armistead Said that Freedom Depends on Honest Elections

March 17, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, March 11, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead defended Alabama’s photo ID bill after U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden (D) attacked Alabama’s new voter I.D. law.

Chairman Armistead said, “Vice President Joe Biden has taken a pot shot at Alabama’s Photo Voter ID law, saying he hopes Congress will “modernize” the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to counter the “hatred” behind voter ID laws in Alabama. “These guys never go away,” Biden said of supporters of voter ID. “Hatred never, never goes away.”
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Opportunity for Public Comment on New Statewide Voter ID Rules Ends September 4th

September 3, 2013

By Lee Hedgepeth
Alabama Political Reporter

In the 2011 Alabama legislative session, the state congress approved a voter ID measure that its Republican proponents claim will keep elections honest.

The law proscribes that certain types of photo identification must be provided when voting in Alabama. If a citizen does not have a sufficient type of identification, they are required to sign an affidavit testifying to that affect, and to go through a process of attaining a state-issued voter ID. The purpose of the law, according to Representative Kerry Rich, who sponsored the bill in the House, is to “help to ensure there is no voter fraud.”
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Justice Dept. rejects South Carolina voter ID law, calling it discriminatory

December 23, 2011

Staff Report

The Justice Department on Friday entered the divisive national debate over new state voting laws, rejecting South Carolina’s measure requiring photo-identification at the polls as discriminatory against minority voters.

The decision by Justice’s Civil Rights Division could heighten political tensions over the new laws, which critics say could depress turnout among minorities and others who helped elect President Obama in 2008. A dozen states this year passed laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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