Alabama Officials Say Democrats Blowing DMV Closures Out of Proportion

First, there is the magnitude of the problem, as Sewell described it. She said as many as 250,000 people of voting age don’t have the necessary photo IDs, a number Collier and Merrill said was exaggerated.

Second, no matter how many Alabamans need a driver’s license or some other form of state-sanctioned identification, Sewell said most of the people she is worried about are so poor they don’t have a car to take them to the mobile ID sites.  And there is nothing close to the concept of mass transit in the backwoods of Alabama.

Third, Sewell said it is safe to assume if the unregistered and unidentified of her district can’t afford a car, they certainly don’t have home computers, even if access to the Internet was available in the rural areas, to get their photo IDs online.

“Now more than ever, DOJ’s critical role in enforcing civil and voting rights is vital to ensuring discriminatory practices do not undermine any American citizen’s fundamental rights,” wrote Sewell. “I strongly believe the decision made by ALEA (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency) warrants a full and thorough investigation.”