Alabama county appeals election monitoring ruling

September 23, 2011 - 12:20 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama county is appealing a judge's order upholding federal election monitoring to prevent racial discrimination, required largely across southern states as part of the Voting Rights Act.

Shelby County had sued over the law's requirement that state, county and local governments with a history of discrimination be required to get federal approval for changing even minor election procedures. The county argued that the monitoring required since the Voting Right Act's first passage in 1965 is outdated.

But U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington dismissed the suit Wednesday and found that discrimination continues to this day.