Ala. county at heart of voting rights case pleased

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By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley

 

CALERA, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.

 

Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says the ruling Tuesday will save local and state governments time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality.

 

Ellis says he's "elated" with the ruling, in which the court said a key part of the law is invalid until it's updated by Congress.

 

The justices set aside a part of the landmark law that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.

 

Ellis says local governments have spent more than $1 billion seeking Justice Department approval of voting changes. He says money spent on lawyers in the past can now go to schools, police and fire protections.

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