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Voter ID law disenfranchises hundreds of thousands, says NAACP leader

Rev. Shanklin said as many as 280,000 people will be disenfranchised if the law doesn't change. (Source: RNN) Rev. Shanklin said as many as 280,000 people will be disenfranchised if the law doesn't change. (Source: RNN)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The state of Alabama has been hit with a law suit claiming its Voter ID law discriminates against minorities.

The almost 70 page law suit was brought on by the NAACP.

In the suit, they claim the the law prevents thousands of people from casting their votes if they don't have a photo id.

"It's a very strong way to make a statement," said the Reverend Robert Shanklin, president of the Madison County NAACP. "We feel as though it's against our voting rights."

Rev. Shanklin said as many as 280,000 people will be disenfranchised if the law doesn't change.

"The elections are coming up, and I feel like something needs to be done soon," he said.

He says it's important because he feels if things don't change, minorities will be affected the most. 

"The goal is to have the total population to be able to vote."

The state attorney general's office has not commented on the lawsuit as of yet.

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