Eric Holder

Prisoners Voting-Alabama
3:57 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Bentley Reacts To US Attorney General

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is calling on Alabama and 10 other states to do a better job of restoring voting rights to ex-felons.
Credit ryanjreilly / Flickr

Alabama's governor says he's always believed someone should get their voting rights restored after serving their full sentences.

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.

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.

In Alabama, people convicted of felonies, except driving under the influence and drug possession, lose voting rights.

Read more
Voting Rights Act
4:44 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder efforts to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.
Credit ryanjreilly / Flickr

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.

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.

Read more
Redistricting
5:10 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Alabama Asks Court To Back Its Redistricting Plan

Alabama is also asking for an injunction against Eric Holder from enforcing certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
ryanjreilly Flickr

Alabama is asking a federal court to rule that its redistricting plan for the state Legislature does not violate the Voting Rights Act.

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.

Read more