Brown Denounces Voting Reforms

Brunswick Green Party mayoral candidate Elaine Brown has issued the following press release claiming that black voter rights are being undermined in her upcoming election.

Elaine Brown, slated to become the first black and first woman mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, denounced the recent approval of Georgia’s new voting law by the U.S. Department of Justice. Brown condemned the Republican-backed legislation, the so-called Voter ID law, as racist and biased against black voters, Latino voters, young voters, first-time voters, ex-felon voters, elderly voters, poor voters, disabled voters. “The last time photo ID was a standard for citizenship was in South Africa under Apartheid,” Brown declared. “Indeed, this Republican-backed ploy to intimidate and decimate the black vote recalls the poll tax, the grandfather clause and the literacy test under Jim Crow.” Brown added she is putting out a call across the nation for a “new wave of Freedom Riders” to come to Brunswick to fight again for black voting rights in the South.

Only 60 Days Left for Brunswick Residents

In light of the DOJ’s Eleventh-Hour decision, Brunswick’s majority-black electorate will have to scramble to accommodate the law’s demands in time for the November 8 election. Called the most Draconian voting law in the nation, the new Voter ID law requires Brunswick voters to present government-issued, photographic identification in order to vote. To obtain a Georgia ID card, a Brunswick voter must first pay for a certified copy of his or her birth certificate. This places an unreasonable burden on voters in a city without public transportation. For voters born outside the county or the state, it looms an impossible burden, to obtain a certified birth certificate by mail in time for the election-in about 60 days!

Double Jeopardy Elaine Brown, slated to become the first black and first woman mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, denounced the recent approval of Georgia’s new voting law by the U.S. Department of Justice. Brown condemned the Republican-backed legislation, the so-called Voter ID law, as racist and biased against black voters, Latino voters, young voters, first-time voters, ex-felon voters, elderly voters, poor voters, disabled voters. “The last time photo ID was a standard for citizenship was in South Africa under Apartheid,” Brown declared. “Indeed, this Republican-backed ploy to intimidate and decimate the black vote recalls the poll tax, the grandfather clause and the literacy test under Jim Crow.” Brown added she is putting out a call across the nation for a “new wave of Freedom Riders” to come to Brunswick to fight again for black voting rights in the South.

http://gp.org/press/states/ga_2005_09_02.shtml

One Response to “Brown Denounces Voting Reforms”

  1. Big Sexy Says:

    Couldn’t they make you show a social security card instead of photo id?

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