Stop Alabama's DMV closures that disproportionately harm Black voters

Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama shut down dozens of DMV locations, leaving many voters unable to get required voter ID

SIGN THE PETITION: Reopen the closed DMVs or waive the photo ID requirement

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Just one year after implementing a controversial voter ID requirement, Alabama announced the closures of 31 DMV offices -- leaving 29 counties without a single place to get a driver's license, the most common form of voter ID that's required to vote under the new law.

Here's the worst part: no county where Black voters are 75% or more of those registered will still have a DMV (or easy access to IDs) if this change goes through. Voter ID laws are already controversial for their disproportionate impact on voters of color, and this only makes it worse.

We can't allow these racialized attacks on the right to vote in 2015. And nobody should lose their right to vote because they can't get a photo ID.

Alabama's 2011 strict voter ID law turns away potential voters if they can't present specific forms of photo ID, like a driver's license. We opposed this law, and still do.

Now, closing these DMVs and taking away the most accessible way to get valid identification will make it even worse -- because if you don't have a photo ID in Alabama, you can't vote.

The state says they're closing these DMVs for budgetary reasons -- but protecting the fundamental right to vote for every citizen should be a top priority. If the state can't afford to make sure every eligible voter can get a photo ID, then they shouldn't require one to vote.

If enough of us speak out across the nation, we can stop this injustice. Please sign our petition to Alabama's governor right now and say NO to voter suppression.

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