How Can Southern States Increase Voter Access for Black Residents After DMV Closures?

When DMV closures threatened Black voter access in Alabama, the government launched a traveling ID service. But is it enough?

In 2015, the Alabama government closed 31 DMVs. The state said the closures were made to save $100,000. But because Alabama requires photo ID to vote, and many of the closures occurred in predominantly Black areas, some argue the change was an attempt to suppress the votes of Black residents.

In this short film, director Margaret Brown followed a traveling ID service that went to every Alabama county in an effort to negate the effects of DMV closures on voter access.

Along the way, Brown interviewed Alabama government officials to better understand Alabama’s voting laws and talked to local residents about the history of Black voter oppression in Alabama and what else is being done to increase access.