This occasioned some disagreement among the assembled. From TPM:
Barber, who is president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, and church-goers walked out after Merrill spoke in support of Alabama’s voter ID law, according to the video’s caption. “We can’t be polite about this. We can’t be casual or cavalier,” Barber told a reporter. “We have more voter suppression in recent years than we’ve seen since Jim Crow.” He said that Merrill’s promotion of the voter ID law was “another lie.” “I don’t care if you came as secretary of state, to stand up and tell another lie, to push the lie of voter ID and confuse people, normalize it, on a day when the nation is watching,” Barber said. “You cannot come and stand in that pulpit and promote a voter suppression tactic and then we just sit there.”
Merrill seems to be a real prize. From AL.com:
“We want to make sure that every eligible U.S. citizen that is a resident of Alabama is registered to vote and has a photo ID so they can participate in the electoral process at the level that they want to participate,” Merrill said.
Of course, this is the same guy who, when the law was enacted, and when the usual mischief was played to make it harder for the Wrong People to registered, argued that many of the Wrong People were too lazy to be bothered, and that, because of it, they were dishonoring the work of Dr. King and the rest of the Civil Rights Movement.
No, seriously, that’s what he said. Via TPM:
“I’m not attracted to lazy people or sorry people or people that don’t want to get involved. I’m sure there’s probably some good people that are sorry and lazy, that don’t want to do anything, but those people and I would have a difficult time working together. And those people are not the people who we need leading this country, and they’re not the people who will be trying to find a way to change the future of our country to ensure that all of our citizens are treated fairly and equally and have an opportunity to achieve at the level that they desire. And so if you’re too sorry or lazy to get up off of your rear and to go register to vote, or to register electronically, and then to go vote, then you don’t deserve that privilege.”