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Accoriding to the SPLC, the state has a long history of making it harder for them to cast their ballot.
In an interview with the SPLC ahead of 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Dorothy Guilford, then 94, recounted taking a literacy test to become eligible and standing in long lines to pay her poll tax.
Without its protections, systematic voter suppression—not voter fraud—is the real threat to free and fair elections in the United States.Voter suppression in Alabama confirms true threat to free and fair elections Under the guise of enforcing voter fraud protections—and with a gutted Voting Rights Act doing little to stop them—conservatives in power appear to be doing everything they can to suppress minority votes.Dechauna Jiles has always voted at the First Assembly of God church in Dothan, Alabama.Of course the GOP won’t seat Jones until next year The petty, partisan, mean and blatantly hypocritical move to try and save Trump's tax plan by blocking the will of the Alabama voters should come as no surprise. Besides an historic upset in a Republican stronghold state, the loss of a Republican vote in the senate and the subsequent addition of a Democratic one could make for a serious roadblock for the Trump administration’s agenda of privatizing public goods, opening tax loopholes for wealthy donors and corporate buyers and dismantling the very social safety net made necessary by the greed of those same wealthy donors and corporations.Alabama voters picked former prosecutor Doug Jones over right-wing, Trump-endorsed Roy Moore as their next U. Voter analysis shows that this upset wasn’t the result of white, Republican voters in Alabama defecting over allegations that Moore pursued, harassed and assaulted underage women.
Just before last year’s presidential election, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill attacked the policy of automatic voter registration calling it the “sorry and lazy way out,” and claiming that “just because you turned 18 doesn’t give you the right to do anything.” Merrill’s comments were not only ignorant (the 26th Amendment gives citizens who turn 18 precisely the right to vote), but demonstrative of a broader campaign to suppress minority voters.