Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Voting Rights Act

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Appeals court judges are showing concern about
whether to overrule Congress' determination that southern states still need federal election monitoring to protect minority voting rights.

Alabama's Shelby County is appealing a lower court decision. The court said governments with a history of discrimination need federal approval to change even minor election procedures under the
federal Voting Rights Act.

An attorney for the county argues the South has changed and says extraordinary oversight is no longer needed.

But two of three judges on the appellate panel asked why they shouldn't defer to Congress. They point out Congress renewed that provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in 2006, after finding that
discrimination still exists, which the district judge endorsed.

The arguments came Thursday in federal appeals court in Washington.


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  • by tired of it on Jan 19, 2012 at 09:05 PM
    I mean really. all the fraud up north in their elections and they want to poke there noses down south and regulate us. __!!!!! pull the log out of your own eye so you can see the splinter in ours.
  • by tired of it on Jan 19, 2012 at 08:48 PM
    This blows my mind.the south needs the approvel of yankees and liberal judges to make laws that could stop or put a dent in voter fraud. during the civil war the north didnt think to much of minoritys either and slavery lasted for 3 more years after it was abolished in the south. "re written history books may not say that ". I believe what the problem is here, is that if certian laws are passed the democrats chances for election go down because they want the felons vote & the dead mans vote & illegals vote and the minority vote.crying raceism seems to be the answer for these loons every time somthing is put in place to stop somthing shadey. and lefties are far to eager to listen. This is not about discrimination its about democrats and liberals keeping power to push there agendas, taking from the working mans pocket keeping half for their selfs , giving the rest to tics on socities butt and pointing them to the welfare office.
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