Eric Holder http://apr.org en Gov. Bentley Reacts To US Attorney General http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-reacts-us-attorney-general <p>Alabama's governor says he's always believed someone should get their voting rights restored after serving their full sentences.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley reacted Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on Alabama and 10 other states to do a better job of restoring voting rights to ex-felons.</p><p>Bentley says he's willing to look at a reasonable request for restoration of voting rights for people who are trying to become productive citizens again.</p><p>In Alabama, people convicted of felonies, except driving under the influence and drug possession, lose voting rights.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:57:59 +0000 The Associated Press 46617 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Reacts To US Attorney General Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws http://apr.org/post/southern-states-gird-new-fight-voter-laws <p>New efforts by the Obama administration to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.</p><p>The Justice Department wants Texas to continue seeking federal preapproval to change voting laws. That's despite justices stripping that requirement from the Voting Rights Act last month.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:44:15 +0000 Ryan Vasquez & The Associated Press 34918 at http://apr.org Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan http://apr.org/post/alabama-asks-court-back-its-redistricting-plan <p>Alabama&nbsp;is asking a federal court to rule that its redistricting plan for the state Legislature does not violate the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>The state filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking a declaratory judgment that the plan does not deny or abridge the right to vote based on race or color.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:10:35 +0000 Associated Press 15228 at http://apr.org Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan