Ala. Gov. rejects ex-felon voting bill
The bills requiring voter ID and automatic restoration of voting rights to most ex-felons passed the legislature this year because black and Republican legislators made a deal that the bills would travel in tandem and that neither group would block the other's bills. After passage, however, Republican legislators asked Gov. Bob Riley (R) to veto the bill. Riley announced yesterday that he would pocket veto the ex-felon bill but has approved the voter ID bill. He said that he had never been a party to the deal.