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#1 hst2

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 04:01 PM

Alabama might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department. Come on in guys. Come on down. No need to reply with an RSVP. Because we know you'll be here. How could you resist? Because Alabama just took a giant step backward.

Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That's Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed.

Closed. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting.

It's not just a civil rights violation. It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen. It is a slap in the face to all who believe the stuff we teach the kids about how all are created equal.

Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one."

http://www.al.com/op...e_we_are_t.html
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Posted 01 October 2015 - 04:19 PM

This is a move by a desperate party unable to win except by cheating. 


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 04:31 PM

 

Alabama sends message: We are too broke to care about right and wrong

 

How can that be in a red state?



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:23 PM

Step 1: Demand licensing to vote

Step 2: Shut down licensing
Step 3: Win elections

 

There are people here who thought demanding a license was harmless, just another hoop to jump through for your rights. Those people are idiots and should wise up.


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:34 PM

This is a move by a desperate party unable to win except by cheating. 

 

BINGO!!!!!!!


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:35 PM

Step 1: Demand licensing to vote

Step 2: Shut down licensing
Step 3: Win elections

 

There are people here who thought demanding a license was harmless, just another hoop to jump through for your rights. Those people are idiots and should wise up.

 

 

Exactly!!!


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:35 PM

This is a move by a desperate party unable to win except by cheating. 

Orwell tell you that? :cool:



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 08:54 PM

This is a move by a desperate party unable to win except by cheating.


Yeah, except for the majority of seats in the House, Senate and Governor's mansions around the country...but other than that. 😉 You too much 👃🎱

Edited by Brohan, 01 October 2015 - 09:10 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:04 PM

Yeah, except for the marority of seats and the House, Senate and Governor's mansions around the country...but other than that. You too much

Shhhhhh, don't tell him the facts. :D



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Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:20 PM

Shhhhhh, don't tell him the facts. :D


Not winning a popular vote in a presidential election but once since 1988 must be a cause for some concern.

And nothing like a little insurance though, huh?

Edited by hst2, 01 October 2015 - 11:22 PM.

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#11 Circe

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:21 PM

Alabama might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department.

 You don't have to go as far afield as Alabama:

 

http://www.baltimore...001-story.html 


Edited by Circe, 01 October 2015 - 11:21 PM.


#12 hst2

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:25 PM

 You don't have to go as far afield as Alabama:
 
http://www.baltimore...001-story.html 


Budget cuts. Somebody has to make the tough choices. I love it how the right always refers to screwing the needy and minorities, the people with the least political power, as making the "tough choices".
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Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:55 PM

Yeah, except for the majority of seats in the House, Senate and Governor's mansions around the country...but other than that. 😉 You too much 👃🎱


So you're OK with this?

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 11:59 PM

Budget cuts. Somebody has to make the tough choices. I love it how the right always refers to screwing the needy and minorities, the people with the least political power, as making the "tough choices".


You're a party seeing your base is shrinking. What do you do?

Do you look inward and try to address the reasons why?

Hell no! Stack the deck.

The obvious problem being that's a bandaid.

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:19 AM

Alabama might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department. Come on in guys. Come on down. No need to reply with an RSVP. Because we know you'll be here. How could you resist? Because Alabama just took a giant step backward.

Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That's Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed.

Closed. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting.

It's not just a civil rights violation. It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen. It is a slap in the face to all who believe the stuff we teach the kids about how all are created equal.

Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one."

http://www.al.com/op...e_we_are_t.html

 

hst2, I share your concern over this and thank you for bringing it here.  I hope you will track this for us and I will try to remember to bump this occasionally.



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Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:17 AM

Alabama might as well just send an invitation to the Justice Department. Come on in guys. Come on down. No need to reply with an RSVP. Because we know you'll be here. How could you resist? Because Alabama just took a giant step backward.

Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. That's Macon, Greene, Sumter, Lowndes, Bullock, Perry, Wilcox, Dallas, Hale, and Montgomery, according to the Alabama Secretary of State's office. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. All but Dallas and Montgomery will be closed.

Closed. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting.

It's not just a civil rights violation. It is not just a public relations nightmare. It is not just an invitation for worldwide scorn and an alarm bell to the Justice Department. It is an affront to the very notion of justice in a nation where one man one vote is as precious as oxygen. It is a slap in the face to all who believe the stuff we teach the kids about how all are created equal.

Every single county in which blacks make up more than 75 percent of registered voters will see their driver license office closed. Every one."

http://www.al.com/op...e_we_are_t.html

http://www.citylab.c...-voters/408571/

 

“Analyzing transactions performed in each location throughout the state revealed the combined efforts of the 31 part-time satellite locations accounted for less than five percent of all Alabama Driver License transactions performed by ALEA,” reads a press release on the closings. “The busiest of these 31 satellite locations performed less than 2,000 transactions during 2014.”

The DMV closings are bad enough that Alabama native son and fervent pro-voter-ID politician Artur Davis has said that they don’t sit well even with him.

"I have always conditioned my support for Voter IDs on a simple standard: They ought to be easy to obtain and readily accessible,” Davis told CityLab. “In fact, the state ought to provide an opportunity to obtain an ID at every county courthouse."

That’s logical. And if a civil rights lawsuit is for certain—well, Davis is a lawyer.


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:22 AM

http://www.citylab.c...-voters/408571/
 
“Analyzing transactions performed in each location throughout the state revealed the combined efforts of the 31 part-time satellite locations accounted for less than five percent of all Alabama Driver License transactions performed by ALEA,” reads a [/size]press release on the closings. “The busiest of these 31 satellite locations performed less than 2,000 transactions during 2014.”[/size]
The DMV closings are bad enough that Alabama native son and fervent [/size]pro-voter-ID politician Artur Davis has said that they don’t sit well even with him.[/size]
"I have always conditioned my support for Voter IDs on a simple standard: They ought to be easy to obtain and readily accessible,” Davis told CityLab. “In fact, the state ought to provide an opportunity to obtain an ID at every county courthouse."
That’s logical. And if a civil rights lawsuit is for certain—well, Davis is a lawyer.


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:30 AM

Democracy is simply too expense.

Or too hard?

 

http://www.alabamavo...otoVoterID.aspx


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:31 AM

So you're OK with this?

 

 

 

Whatever it takes.............


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Posted 02 October 2015 - 07:50 AM

Budget cuts. Somebody has to make the tough choices. I love it how the right always refers to screwing the needy and minorities, the people with the least political power, as making the "tough choices".

Budget cuts wasn't the reason in Montgomery county.  Alledgely it is to offer geographic diversity.  Although I don't understand how it makes sense to close the most used early voting site.

 

As far as Alabama it is my understanding that those sites will still be able to issue ID cards and renew liscences just not conduct drivers exams.  If this is the case sadly there will be no grounds to fight this with the VRA.  Also I have not seen an article to talk about the data of those counties as far as population.  


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