Failure of Alabama challenge to Voting Rights Act looms over Arizona suit - East Valley Tribune: Politics: "The decision by a federal judge Wednesday to reject challenges by an Alabama county to the Voting Rights Act likely will mean a similar fate for Arizona’s lawsuit, state Attorney General Tom Horne said.
Horne acknowledged that the lawsuit he filed last month is based on many of the same arguments that Shelby County made. More to the point, the judge who issued Wednesday’s ruling upholding the federal law is the same one assigned to hear Arizona’s challenge.
But there are other signs that Horne will have a hard time arguing that there’s no reason the Voting Rights Act should extend to Arizona.
Horne contends that any discrimination against minorities that may have occurred in the past in Arizona is ancient history. He said there is no evidence of ongoing problems."
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