‘Cause It Feels So Empty Without Me 2

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Guess who’s back…back again?

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If you said the Backstreet Boys, you are wrong in so many ways.

*NSYNC is here

If you said Dale Jackson, then obviously you’ve been reading my tweets for the past few hours. The man that I have had either blocked or muted for years has once again deemed it necessary to bother me.1 Apparently, people can’t post links to petitions about voter suppression without earning an annoying tweet from the awful and annoying Mr. Jackson.

The “conversation” quickly devolved into him calling me stupid2 and wanting me to prove that he’s a racist. 3 I’m pretty sure that his racism could be inferred by anyone who read his tweets or listened to his talk show. I don’t. I try to pretend like the man doesn’t exist. His talk show makes my anxiety levels go up because it seems like he’s constantly yelling. Despite what some people think, anger and rage are not my cup of tea.

Anyway, Dale and his followers4 seem to think that voter suppression will not happen as a result of Alabama closing 31 of its driver license offices, leaving only 28, because most people get their licenses using other methods. Well, that’s nice, but it’s still possible and any possible injustice is something that people should be alarmed by.5

I'm allergic to bullshit

They, including Dale,6789 also thought that it was super easy1011 to get a free photo voter ID from the state, which I’m guessing is either from willful ignorance or laziness. Either way, I was amazed at how often they got it wrong. I started to write a tweet out to send to one of them, informing them of their ignorance, but it ended up being extremely long. I realized it was actually almost blog post length, so I thought I’d post it here rather than on Twitter or an app for super-long tweets:

If you think you can get a photo voter ID easily in the state of Alabama, you’re wrong.

First of all, you can’t get one if you currently have any other form of recognized (at precincts) state-issued photo ID. If your other ID expires tomorrow, you better have someone bring you to the registrar two days from now. And they may try to convince you to get your license renewed, even if you can no longer drive or cannot afford the fee for the non-driver ID. (Paying to procure an ID for the purpose of voting is a violation of laws prohibiting poll taxes.)

To get the ID, you have to bring your birth certificate to the registrar. No big deal, right? Except that many people don’t have a copy on hand. If you DON’T have one, you’ll need to get one. And to get one, you have to pay a fee. (This falls under the poll tax classification, but you can challenge getting it for yourself & authorize the registrar to get it from ADPH for free.)

Even if you bring every piece of required information with you, there’s no guarantee that they will know what to do with it. I wasn’t the only person who had trouble. Three or four people came in while I waited & got turned away for bs reasons. I almost got turned away for bs reasons & was told I needed to pay for the ID several times before the actual county registrar came in & told them that was unconstitutional.

And you may have difficulty finding the registrar office. I’ve seen several people say, “Just go to the courthouse.” (I thought that was where the registrar in my county was, too. It wasn’t. It was miles away & difficult to find.)

Now once you have the ID, you may end up having other issues. You know how you use a photo ID at medical appointments? Yeah, they don’t have to use this one. It actually says you can’t use it for non voting purposes. Some offices & hospitals take this seriously, which makes it difficult to get admitted to a clinic/hospital.

I know that I’ve already shared this story on Twitter and on here. I’m fairly certain that many of those who were claiming that the IDs were easy to get either won’t read this or, if they read it, they will say that it’s lies or exaggerations or something along those lines. Still, I felt it was necessary to refute their ignorance. Personally, I think that a lot of people who think that the voter suppression isn’t going to happen with the office closures or that the IDs aren’t hard to get are just misinformed.12 They may not mean to be ignorant on an issue, but that doesn’t mean that that ignorance shouldn’t be challenged or called out.

But, Dale, if you ever feel the need to contact me again, take this advice:

please find someone else to be creepy with

I’m serious.

please leave

No, really, I am.

do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?

Go away. Stay away.

go away

Buh-bye now.

bye bye bye

Edited – 10/06/2015 at 11:58 am to change of to if in this sentence: First of all, you can’t get one if you currently have any other form of recognized (at precincts) state-issued photo ID.

  1. It seems like every year since 2008 or 2009 he shows up. 

  2. Get a new line, Dale. 

  3. Get a new schtick, Dale. 

  4. Remember my lemmings/sheep comment from before? 

  5. Surprise, surprise: Injustice isn’t good. It’s actually really bad and we should try to make sure that it never happens. 




  9. I did acknowledge it a few times. And I told him how he was wrong a few times. He ignored that. 



  12. Not you, Dale. 

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.

2 thoughts on “‘Cause It Feels So Empty Without Me

  • Rosalind McDermott

    It is not as simple as simple as bringing the Birth certificate you have if you happen to have one lying around. Chances are the one you have lying around doesn’t meet the new standards set by the Patriot Act. If you were born out of state you have to send away for the new version from that state which costs time & money. Many states have raised their prices since 2008. Mine cost $35 before that time. Without home internet which is sorely lacking in the rural Black Belt of Alabama just finding the right agency to apply to would be hard. There are a myriad of names of state agencies handling that. Most libraries limit time on the computer now.

  • Rosalind McDermott

    Also IT IS illegal to get a Photo VoterID if you already have a DL so it is unclear to me if you can’t get to the DMV to renew your DL due to lack of transportation or other are you committing a felony by not renewing it but getting a photo voterID instead? http://www.alabamavoterid.com

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