Facing accusations of bringing back Jim Crow, Alabama officials are arguing that the closure of 31 driver's license offices will not make it harder to vote in the state -- which requires government-issued photo IDs at the ballot box -- because of the state's efforts to provide a free state-issued ID for voting.
However, since the photo ID voting law went into effect in 2014, only a small portion of the estimated 250,000 Alabamans who do not already have the accepted IDs have obtained the free version. In 2014, an election year, only 5,294 of those IDs were issued, state officials told TPM.
The number of IDs issued this year is even smaller. As of September 28, 1,442 IDs had been issued since January 2, 2015.
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