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93 Year-Old Black Man Disenfranchised by Alabama Voter ID Law

In this May 5, 2014 file photo, a voter walks past a "Please Have Photo ID Ready" sign as he enters an early-voting polling place in downtown Little Rock, Ark. The Arkansas Supreme Court has tossed out a judge's ruling striking down the state's voter ID law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
In this May 5, 2014 file photo, a voter walks past a “Please Have Photo ID Ready” sign as he enters an early-voting polling place. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

ZACHARY ROTH, MSNBC

 

(MSNBC)—With Alabama’s voter ID law debuting today, state Republicans are offering a big cash reward to anyone who helps them dig up some voter fraud. But finding voters disenfranchised by the law isn’t difficult, even without financial incentives.

Willie Mims, 93, showed up to vote at his polling place in Escambia County Tuesday morning for Alabama’s primary elections. Mims, who is African-American, no longer drives, doesn’t have a license, and has no other form of ID. As a result, he was turned away without voting. Mims wasn’t even offered the chance to cast a provisional ballot, as the law requires in that situation.

Mims talked about what happened in a video shot by Empower Alabama.


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