- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Demonstrators emptied liquor bottles outside the Alabama Capitol to protest the closing of driver’s license offices in Black Belt counties.

Selma Sen. Hank Sanders told the Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/15BgWn5 ) that state agencies are leaving money-losing liquor stores open in the impoverished area, while mostly closing rural driver’s license offices.

The crowd chanted “Give us the ballot, not just the bottle” during the Monday protest.

The event was one of several demonstrations over the closures.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in September announced it was closing 31 part-time driver’s license bureaus. After a backlash, the department said it would offices open for one day each month.

Event organizers said that is inadequate.

Jennifer Ardis, a spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley, said ALEA is working under the budget approved by lawmakers.


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