Civil rights groups challenging Alabama's 2011 photo voter ID law -- which received additional scrutiny after the state closed dozens of its DMV offices last year -- suffered a setback when a federal judge Wednesday refused to block a provision of the law ahead of March's primary election.
The Alabama NAACP and other groups, as part of a larger suit challenging the law, had asked the federal court for an emergency injunction to block the the law on the basis of its "positively identify" provision. That portion of the law provides that if a potential voter doesn't have the proper photo ID, two poll officials can personally confirm their identity in an affidavit. The challengers argued that the provision harkened back to Jim Crow-era voucher tests. They were seeking a ruling that those without the photo ID to be allowed to answer questions confirming their identity or use the IDs accepted before the 2011 law instead.
In his order filed, U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler -- a President George W. Bush-appointee -- suggested the request was "a backdoor method of invalidating" the law.
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