Alabama Public Radio: Sewell Wants License Closure Investigation
Congresswoman Terri Sewell is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the closure of 31 Alabama driver's license offices.
Sewell sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday saying the closures disproportionately impact rural, African-American and poor communities.
Sewell says the closures will severely limit access to a state issued driver's license, the most popular form of photo identification used in voting.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has stressed that Alabama citizens can obtain a Voter ID card at any county courthouse in the state.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Office recently announced it would pull workers from the part-time offices because of budget cuts. The closures impact the issuance of new licenses and permits. Statistics from ALEA show the offices issued anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred licenses and permits in 2014.
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