From the 1965 Selma protests that brought about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the landmark Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision in 2013 that gutted the Voting Rights Act, Alabama has served as bellwether on the status of voting rights in America.  Sadly, the state of voting rights in Alabama took another considerable hit when the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced the closure of 31 DMV offices in mostly rural, low income, and African American communities. These 31 locations (which are the only means of obtaining a government-issued driver license documentation) serviced eight out of the ten counties with the highest concentration of African American voters. In 2011 Alabama’s GOP legislature passed a strict voter ID law requiring government-issued ID with a photo without federal approval, and this newest development will not be subject to federal approval either. As we get closer and closer to the 2016 presidential election, this type of development is a great injustice to the thousands of citizens who deserve to have their voices heard at the ballot box. We discussed this issue in depth at our congressional briefing and it was clear that more must be done to protect this constitutional right guaranteed to all citizens.