Voter Photo ID Requirement Causing A Stir

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By Ashley Thompson

Just two days ago, the Supreme Court struck down section four of the Voting Rights Act, ultimately giving states the right to design their own voting laws without oversight from the federal government.

Studies show that 11 percent of adults, about 21 million people do not have a photo ID. Some say this new law will keep people from voting but others say this will only prevent fraud.

Cyrus Cooper has served in the US Army for over 10 years, but says up until just a few weeks ago, he did not have a photo ID. He says his right to vote could have been at stake under the new law.

"I would kind of be upset, very upset because I'm a veteran," he says. "I've served 15 months in Iraq and I can't vote? That would bother me."

Some state leaders say the new photo ID requirement will help prevent fraud. In a statement sent to Alabama News Network, House Speaker Mike Hubbard says "only those who want to engage in election fraud should object to voters proving they are who they say they are."

Others say the new law will keep many, including minorities and elderly from going to the polls.

"I think it's employed to regulate the vote," says Macon County resident John Flowers. "You can control the outcome a lot easier by eliminating certain groups of people."

Attorney General Luther Strange, who supports the new photo ID requirement, says the law should not exclude any group of voters.

"I want to reassure all the voters of our state, black and white and all minority voters, that nothing has changed in terms of importance of the right to vote and the fact that we are going to ensure that everyone has the right to vote."

Still, there are some who say not everyone will have that right.

"We don't want anything done to minimize our right to guns under the constitution," says Selma Attorney Faya Rose Toure. "Well that same constitution protects the right to vote."

"It's just one vote and I know one vote counts but if I wasn't prepared I'd just be out of luck because they passed the law," says Flowers.

Even though the court has made their rulling, anyone can still challenge the voting laws in their state by taking them to court.

 

 



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