Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Alabama Public Radio: Sewell Wants License Closure Investigation

Oct 6, 2015
In The News

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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