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Secretary of State John H. Merrill Issues Statement on Ruling in Photo ID Lawsuit


January 10, 2018 - MONTGOMERY - Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill is excited to announce U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler has issued a 69 page ruling dismissing a lawsuit regarding Alabama's Photo ID Law. This ruling came as a result of a lawsuit that was filed by the Alabama NAACP and the Greater Birmingham Ministries which charged that the Photo ID Law was created with a racially discriminatory purpose and violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.

Secretary Merrill has worked tirelessly to ensure that every Alabamian has access to a Photo ID and that Alabama's only goals when it comes to the administration of elections are to ensure that every Alabamian has access to participate in a secure elections process. The Judge indicated in his ruling that, "it is so easy to get a Photo ID in Alabama, no one is prevented from voting."

Judge Coogler went on to assert that the ways in which Secretary Merrill has implemented the Photo ID Law provide proof that Secretary John H. Merrill is committed to ensuring every eligible Alabamian is afforded the opportunity to participate in the electoral process and to determine the people that represent them at the local, state, and federal level.

In regards to the ruling Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill stated the following, "This ruling adds to the growing consensus from people all over the state and nation that we should should begin to look to Alabama as a leader in the area of free, fair, and secure elections."

If you would like to obtain a Photo ID in Alabama, please visit the Alabama Secretary of State's Website.