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Alabama: bingo and voting rights linked

The Tuscaloosa News reports: The chairman of the Alabama Black Legislative Caucus said today he wants to file a federal voting rights complaint over the raid by Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force at the Greenetrack bingo casino.

State Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, said the raid of Greenetrack and removal of bingo machines unilaterally nullifies the vote of Greene County residents who approved a constitutional amendment authorizing bingo. ...

Rogers noted that the Greene County amendment approved by voters in 2003 contains the term “electronic.” Riley considers electronic bingo machines illegal.

Amendment 743, which was declared ratified in June 2004 defines bingo as: “That specific kind of game commonly known as bingo in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols on a card or electronic marking machine conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random.” Read the whole story --> State legislator wants to file voting rights complaint | TuscaloosaNews.com

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