Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton slammed Alabama’s voting rights limits, as a “blast from the Jim Crow past.” Clinton slammed Gov. Robert Bentley and fellow Republicans for allowing the closure of 31 satellite DMV offices in predominantly black areas.
Speaking at the Alabama Democratic Conference Convention, Clinton said it is nearly impossible to vote in Alabama without the right kind of ID. Residents must also prove citizenship in order to vote.
Clinton tied Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and John Kasich to voting rights restrictions. She noted that Jeb Bush said he would not reauthorize the Votings Rights Act, while John Kasich ended early voting after the 2008 election. “What part of democracy are these Republicans so afraid of?” Clinton asked.
She went on, “This is wrong. Fifty years after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched and John Lewis bled, it is hard to believe we are back having this same debate about whether or not every American gets a chance to vote and exercise his rights.”