Saturday, April 15, 2017

Disgraced Alabama Gov’s Lady Pal Was Behind Clever Plan To Keep Blacks From Getting Voter IDs | Wonkette

Disgraced Alabama Gov’s Lady Pal Was Behind Clever Plan To Keep Blacks From Getting Voter IDs | Wonkette

It turns out that Rebekah Mason was the one-woman brain trust behind the idea to help Alabama’s voter ID law more effectively keep Democrats out of office by closing almost all the Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Alabama counties with African-American majorities. The 2015 move prompted a national chorus of outrage and “WTF, Alabama?” news coverage; the official explanation was that the DMV offices were being closed because the state simply couldn’t afford to keep them open. The fact that it would then become much harder for blacks to get the photo ID needed to vote was simply an unfortunate side effect of the state’s fiscal troubles, don’t you see. After the federal Department of Transportation told the state the move would violate the national Motor Voter law, the offices were re-opened, and Alabama had to work on finding slightly more subtle ways of keeping black people from voting.

The impeachment report doesn’t accuse Bentley or Mason of breaking any laws in coming up with the scheme; rather, the episode is mentioned as an example of Mason’s “increasing influence upon, and at times control over, Governor Bentley’s decision-making.” Two members of Bentley’s staff testified that as the affair progressed, Mason’s influence on Bentley grew to the point that very little work could get done without Mason’s approval; Bentley’s press secretary, Jennifer Ardis,

  

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