Update: Macon and Greene Counties' bingo lawsuits

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A federal judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order in a class action lawsuit over bingo.

The lawsuit claims the raids in Greene and Macon Counties are a violation of voting rights.

Bingo backers say voters in those two counties approved constitutional amendments that make electronic bingo legal.

The suit claims any move to declare the gambling operations illegal goes against the wishes of voters in Greene and Macon Counties.

The judge did not issue an injunction against the raids but did say that she would push the case to a three person court to hear allegations of voting rights violations.

Meanwhile, another hearing is scheduled for Macon County bingo.

A circuit judge will consider rescinding a restraining order blocking the task force from raiding Victoryland.

The Alabama Supreme Court has recently ruled that the order should be overturned.

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