(We’re going to need more notaries in Alabama! – promoted by countrycat)
Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman posted her proposed state voter ID regulation on Friday and announced she was stepping down on Monday morning. Chapman will go to work for a government affairs concern, but denies any lobbying will be involved.
The proposal provides free voter ID's, provided a notarized form is submitted with the application. And there's the rub. The form requires the seal of a notary public. A notary public is a minor state official appointed by the probate judge and is authorized under state law to collect a fee for sanctifying documents.
The state cannot place a tax on voting. Free voter ID's are not free if they must be notarized. On the internet I found notaries, but I would not have known where to find a notary without the internet. The choices I found were $5 across town or $35 they come to me. I suspect in rural Alabama they choices would be much more limited, and without the internet, much more difficult to locate.
Life after the Voting Rights Act continues.