Attorney General & Secretary of State respond to Voting Rights Act decision
MONTGOMERY - AL —
Attorney General Luther Strange believes the Supreme Court's ruling is right on target.
"All the cities and towns and voting districts in this state, don't have to go to the expense of hiring a lawyer, taking the time to do that. They're treated like the other states in the union who were not subject to this," says StrangeHe made it clear that voter discrimination and fraud will not be tolerated. "My office is committed to ensure we seek out voter fraud, and that we ensure every citizen, black and white, gets the right to vote in Alabama and we're going to protect that," he says.Secretary of State Beth Chapman says her office will work with the Attorney General to protect voters. "There are always laws in place certainly to protect those who feel they've been discriminated against. If that ever occurs, no office will work any quicker than ours will," says Chapman.Both Chapman and Strange agree, the Supreme court's decision will allow Alabama to continue to move forward."It definitely effects Alabama for the good. Alabama is not the same state that it was 50-years-ago," says Chapman."I'm proud of the strides we've made and the Supreme Court's decision today buttresses that," Strange says.
Governor Robert Bentley said today he too, will not tolerate discrimination in Alabama. Strange and Chapman say they will work with the governor to protect voters rights.