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Birmingham News quotes Edward Still on voting-rights controversy

The Birmingham News sought out Edward Still for his reaction to Gov. Bob Riley's recent amicus brief in a U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case. The News sets up the Governor's premise this way:

The section of the Voting Rights Act that requires Alabama to get federal approval for election-related changes is an unnecessary burden on a state that no longer needs supervision from Washington to ensure fair voting, Gov. Bob Riley contends in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Later in the article,

Birmingham lawyer Ed Still, an advocate of the Voting Rights Act, said Riley's submission to the justices doesn't address whether the extension of the law is constitutional.

"This is just part of a campaign that Riley has had for a while now - he and his attorneys general, trying to cripple the Voting Rights Act any way they could. This is a whine," Still said Tuesday. "I suspect this is the governor's way of providing some war stories to the conservative justices who want to strike down Section 5."

The whole article is here.

This entry was posted by Edward at 8:48 PM, 05 March 2009 | Categories: News Room , Voting Rights Act

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