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Alabama: hearing in HAVA suit today

The Tuscaloosa News reports: Secretary of State Nancy Worley is due in court today to defend herself in a federal lawsuit over voter registration that has morphed into a political battle.

The Justice Department has sued Worley, claiming she did not create a unified voter registration list before the deadline set by the federal Help America Vote Act, and did not have a plan to spend $44 million in federal voter money sent to Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins said he would appoint a special master to oversee compliance with the voter registration list requirement. Republican Gov. Bob Riley has been suggested as a potential appointee.

But the state Democratic Party moved to oppose the removal of Worley as the state’s voter registration boss and Riley’s appointment. --
Parties battle over who should be voter registration chief - Tuscaloosa

Disclosure: I represent Joe Turnham and Joe Reed, who have moved to intervene.

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