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Specter will question Alito on voting rights

Knight Ridder Newspapers reports: Sen. Arlen Specter, serving notice that he intends to take up contentious issues raised in years-old writings by Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., asked the Supreme Court nominee Wednesday to be prepared to clarify his views on affirmative action and voting rights.

Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent Alito "advance notice" of questioning he could expect at his confirmation hearings, scheduled to begin Jan. 9.

In a 1985 memo Alito wrote while seeking a promotion in the Reagan administration's Justice Department, he said he disagreed with Supreme Court reapportionment decisions in the 1960s that enforced the doctrine of "one person, one vote." ...

The senator advised Alito, now a judge on the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, that he would ask at the hearing whether Alito considered "one person, one vote" a bedrock principle and whether race was ever an acceptable consideration in drawing voting-district lines. -- Alito to face questioning on affirmative action, voting rights

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