“Protecting Voting Rights in Alabama”


As part of our efforts to protect the right to vote across the country, LDF’s Political Participation Group wrote a letter to the Alabama Secretary of State, Jim Bennett, urging him to allow thousands of people to continue to vote under Alabama’s new voter photo identification (photo ID) law.

In the letter, Ryan Haygood and Deuel Ross ask the state to permit voters without photo ID — including as many as an estimated 31,000 African Americans under the age of thirty — to cast a regular ballot in-person on Election Day. Under the new Alabama law, a person without photo ID is still allowed to vote if two poll workers can “positively” identify, i.e. vouch for, him or her.


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