Gov. Robert Bentley discusses office closures with Jesse Jackson

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley met with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and black legislators concerned over the closure of drivers’ license offices in rural Alabama.

Bentley held the meeting Wednesday afternoon following a week of criticism over the closures.

Jackson said the closings will make it more difficult for people in rural, poor counties to obtain a driver’s license in a state that requires ID to vote.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency announced that, because of budget cuts, it would no longer send driving test examiners to 31 satellite offices. The change impacts the issuance of new licenses. Replacements and renewals can still be done in local counties.

Rep. John Knight of Montgomery questioned how much the state was saving since it was not eliminating positions or closing offices.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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