Voter ID Lawsuit Thrown Out in Alabama
By Anna Beahm
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a statement today about the U.S. District Court's decision to dismiss a federal lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of Alabama's voter ID law.
Today, U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler ordered the lawsuit filed by Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama NAACP and individual plaintiffs against the State of Alabama be dismissed.
The lawsuit specifically targeted House Bill 19 of 2011, which requires absentee and in-person voters to show a photo ID in order to cast a regular ballot.
"Today's decision to dismiss the lawsuit is without a doubt the right decision," Marshall said. "Alabama's voter identification law is one of the broadest in the nation with procedures in place to allow anyone who does not have a photo ID to obtain one."
Part of Coogler's court order reads "...a person who does not have a photo ID today is not prevented from voting if he or she can easily get one, and it is so easy to get a photo ID in Alabama, no on is prevented from voting."
Marshall said he is proud of the Constitutional Defense attorneys who spent the law 15 months traveling and interviewing witnesses, election officials and citizens who are fighting voter fraud.
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