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Alaska Sues to Regain Control of Elections
State Sovereignty Called into Question.
The State of Alaska went to court Tuesday, challenging federal authority when it comes to voting rights.
The suit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is aimed at U.S. Attorney Eric Holder and the Department of Justice challenging Washingtons authority to require "preclearance" before Alaska can make any changes in state election laws and procedures.
The Parnell administrations complaint contends that the "preclearance requirement infringes on the states sovereignty, hampering the ability to run timely and efficient elections..refrencing recent litigation that could have impacted this years election
The State says "preclearance" isn't warranted based on the State's voting rights history.
Alaska is among at least six states or jurisdictions challenging continuing enforcement of the 1965 law meant to prevent voting discrimination based on race or color.
The State became one of 16 Jurisdictions covered by the law when it was extended in 1975 to include language minorities.
The U.S. Supreme Court may decide in October whether to hear a challenge to this section of the voting rights act brought by Shelby County, Alabama.