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Alabama county to sue DOJ over Section 5 constitutionality

The Shelby County Reporter reports: The Shelby County Commission approved a resolution at its April 26 meeting to allow the county to file a lawsuit against the federal government over part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

County attorney Butch Ellis said Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act forbids cities and towns in nine states, including Alabama, from making changes in voting practices or procedures without approval from the federal government. The lawsuit will challenge the constitutionality of such a requirement.

?It doesn?t matter what you do, if it has anything to do with elections, you have to get clearance from Washington, D.C.,? Ellis said at the meeting.

The lawsuit will be paid for in full by the Project on Fair Representation, a not-for-profit legal defense fund supporting challenges against racial preferences in state and federal courts.

Ellis said the lawsuit would be filed swiftly, although he did not have an exact date for the filing. Read the whole story --> Shelby County Reporter | County to sue federal government over Voting Rights Act

Note: The Project on Fair Representation website claims credit for the NAMUDNO lawsuit and the current City of Irving, TX, suit -- both of which attacked the Voting Rights Act.

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