Ensuring Voting Rights in Alabama

RESOLUTION 16-06.15


Ensuring Voting Rights in Alabama

WHEREAS any legitimacy a voter ID law has depends on citizens being able to easily acquire at no cost the identification documents which the voter ID law may require, such as a driver license; and

WHEREAS despite having a strict voter ID law, in September 2015, Alabama announced that for budgetary reasons it would close 31 driver license offices, including the driver license offices in every county in which African-Americans constitute more than 75 percent of registered voters; of the 11 Alabama counties with African-American majorities, eight would lose their driver license offices, thus adversely affecting African-American voters; and

WHEREAS Alabama later announced that it would re-open the closed driver license offices in November 2015, but only one day each month, which is insufficient to meet the needs of voters;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party condemns Alabama’s imposition of an undue burden on the voting rights of its citizens, particularly African-Americans through the closure of driver license offices, and urges the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate this matter under the Voting Rights Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, and Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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