Federal Judge Gives Governor Two Months to Reach Deadline

A federal judge has agreed to give Governor Bob Riley an extra two months to develop a statewide computerized voter registration system.

The system was due at the end of August.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins says there was no reasonable alternative to allowing the Governor the extra time he requested.

The voter registration system will be used to keep track of voter records statewide and to remove the names of voters who die or are disqualified from voting because of criminal convictions.

The system is required by the Federal Help America Vote Act.