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Op-ed co-authored by Ben Jealous and Ryan Haygood portend challenges to voting access in 2016....
For far too many Americans, voting became more difficult or, in some cases, impossible in 2014.
The state of Alabama has told the NAACP Legal Defense Fund that public housing Identification will not be accepted as a form of photo ID to vote at the polls. LDF has written the Secretary of State’s office requesting that this form of ID, which for many people of color is their only form of ID, be accepted under their new Photo ID law. In an email, from the Secretary of State’s Chief Legal Advisor, that request was denied.
LDF lawyers will be teaming up with local grassroots and legal partners to ensure maximum participation by voters of color in the midterm elections of November 2014.
On April 16, 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas (ACLU) brought a lawsuit in Arkansas state court challenging the validity of Arkansas’s new voter photo ID law under the Arkansas Constitution. At the same time, LDF and the Arkansas NAACP were in communication with the Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin about the significant burdens that the photo ID law had placed on Black voters in the state, and requesting that his office work to ease those burdens.