Lowndes County leaders ask for more diversity on board of registrars

Lowndes County leaders ask for more diversity on board of registrars
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

LOWNDES CO., AL (WSFA) - Lowndes County leaders say they are worried about a recent appointment to the County Board of Registrars. Officials worry about a lack of diversity among the group which was approved by Governor Bentley last week.

According to officials, Lowndes County's population is 73-percent African American and they would like at least a third of the registrars to represent the majority.

"We know that if we are not represented equally, it's an attack on the democratic process. It's an attack on voting rights and we definitely want to keep making
strides to continue to improve the voting process, not to take steps to hinder it or move back into a negative direction" said District 69 Representative Kelvin Lawrence.

Officials say Senator Hank Sanders has spoken to the chief of staff at the governor's office in hopes of working out a plan to make changes to the board.

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