At least there was a place you could go and pay that!
The Brennan center reports (and there is a handy map) that if you live in a poor, rural area, especially one that has a high percentage of African Americans (i.e. the “black belt”) you might have a hard time finding a place to get a state issued identification. Which would be ok, if it wasn’t required for voting and voting weren’t a fundamental right.
I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.
Here’s the Brennan caption:
The map demonstrates that in the areas with the greatest concentrations of rural black voters, no state driver’s license offices are open more than two days per week. The figure also shows that many of these states’ part-time offices are located in the areas with the highest concentrations of black voters. The crosshatched areas outline the 13 contiguous “black belt” counties in Mississippi, 11 contiguous “black belt” counties in Alabama, and 21 contiguous “black belt” counties in Georgia where all state driver’s license offices are open two days per week or less.
The whole report can be found here. According to the report, 11% of voters in states with restrictive voter ID laws (such as this one) lack identification. They will likely need birth certificates to get an ID, but many are old and probably consider their very existence proof that they were born, either don’t have cars or shouldn’t be driving, and many of them live more then 10 miles from any place they can get documents, in areas of the state with no public transport. Ah, democracy, I knew you well.