In Last Minute Decision, Alabama Says Voters Can’t Use Public Housing ID At The Polls

In Last Minute Decision, Alabama Says Voters Can’t Use Public Housing ID At The Polls

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In Last Minute Decision, Alabama Says Voters Can't Use Public Housing ID At The Polls

In Last Minute Decision, Alabama Says Voters Can’t Use Public Housing ID At The Polls

Alabama, which is testing out its new voter ID law for the first time this year, will not accept public housing ID at the polls.

Bernard Simelton of the Alabama NAACP State Conference told ThinkProgress that he learned Friday that voters will not be able to use their public housing ID under the Attorney General’s interpretation of the new law. Simelton said he wasn’t sure why, but speculated that the restriction was because the town of Bayou La Batre’s housing authority is run by a private entity. “So it’s not a government-run program. The city owns the property, but a private company runs it,” he said.

Simelton said the NAACP would probably challenge the decision to reject public housing IDs because of the late notice.

Alabama’s voter ID law is believed to have disenfranchised at least 282 voters in the primary.

Alabama’s Secretary of State and Attorney General could not be reached for comment.

Aviva Shen

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