After eight years leading the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Edward DuBose says inequality in the state’s criminal justice system is the most significant issue greeting his successor. DuBose said the organization’s next president also must ensure access to the polls now that the Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Columbus officials concerned about residents having the proper identification to vote in November are expanding access this month. They’re particularly worried about the impact of new driver’s license renewal requirements. So for the next three Saturdays, elections officials will set up at the Columbus Public Library to check voters’ registrations and issue voter ID cards for those who need them.
A photo ID issued by a college would be enough to prove a resident was eligible to vote under a bill being debated by Georgia lawmakers. State Rep. Alisha Morgan (D-Austell) has proposed adding student identification cards to the list of acceptable ID cards so long as they include a photo.