Alabama Congressmen Mixed on Voting Rights Act

Alabama's congressional delegation is showing signs of differences on the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Republican Congressmen Spencer Bachus and Mike Rogers and Democratic Congressman Artur Davis are among co-sponsors for the renewal of the law, set to expire next year. But other Alabama Republican congressmen are expressing some reservations.

Last week, an assistant state Attorney General testified before Congress that the law should be amended so that Alabama is no longer required to seek approval from the Justice Department to make minor changes in voting procedure.

Jack Park Junior told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Justice Department has raised no objections to any of the changes in Alabama polling places or special elections in the last 15 years.

Mobile Republican Jo Bonner said he has concerns about the bill's requirement of multilingual ballots in some areas. Fellow Republican, Senator Jeff Sessions, said the law should be expanded nationally instead of just targeting the South.

Voting rights advocates were in Atlanta yesterday to urge Congress to renew the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the weeklong July Fourth recess.

Courtesy: The Alabama Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.