Appeals court allows Alabama voter ID law to go forward

Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 8:42 AM CDT
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ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court is rejecting claims that an Alabama law which requires voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls is racially discriminatory.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court order that dismissed a lawsuit filed by minorities challenging the law.

The judges ruled there’s no proof that the law violates the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act, as opponents claim.

But a dissenting judge noted Alabama’s history of racial discrimination and wrote that the problem of in-person voter fraud is virtually nonexistent, making the law unnecessary.

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