Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

ThinkProgress: Alabama Addresses Voter Suppression Accusations By Keeping Rural DMVs Open One Day A Month

Oct 21, 2015
In The News

After national outcry from civil groups and politicians, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced he is somewhat reversing his decision to shut down 31 DMV offices in rural, majority-black counties across his state. Under the new plan, the offices will remain open just one day a month, beginning this November.

Critics of the closures, including Selma, Alabama native Rep. Terri Sewell (D), say it’s not enough. In a statement, the congresswoman called the new plan “bare minimum access” for the thousands of voters in those counties who lack the proper ID, and who may have difficulty accessing the office during that one day because of work or transportation issues.

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