Published on Apr 6, 2016
This year’s election is going to be decided by voter turnout. The GOP knows this, so they’re using every dirty trick in the book to keep minority voters away from the polls. And a new law in Georgia is designed to do just that. America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, and Alice Speri from The Intercept discuss this. Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
A GEORGIA LAW aimed at keeping unlicensed drivers off the streets is having a disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities in the state, sweeping them into a cycle of debt and criminalization that feeds local counties’ budgets while putting otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.
Under the law, drivers face felony charges if they are caught driving without a license four times within five years. Violators face up to five years in prison and fines between $2,500 and $5,000. Ostensibly passed to promote public safety, the “felony driving law” has been discriminatively applied to communities of color, leading to remarkably disproportionate arrests of blacks and Latinos in at least three majority white counties in the state, according to a report published today by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and Advancement Project, a D.C.-based civil rights organization.
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