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.
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.
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.