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Horne is behind the ball in challenging voting rights

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Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2011 6:00 pm

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is using state resources to challenge the federal government on the Voting Rights Act. Tom Horne said, "Arizona has been subjected to enforcement actions for problems that were either corrected nearly 40 years ago and have not been repeated, or penalized for alleged violations that have no basis in the Constitution."

Really? In 2006 Congress unanimously reauthorized Arizona to remain on the list of states that require pre-clearance. I wonder why our attorney general feels it is necessary to challenge the requirement now. Is our attorney general convinced that intentional racial discrimination does not occur in Arizona's voting laws? Or is he seeking to make a larger name for himself, paid for by you and me.

On Sept. 17, U.S. District Judge Bates upheld the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act in a case brought to court by Alabama.

Suzanne Jones

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