Ala. county at heart of voting rights case pleased

CALERA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.

Shelby
County attorney Butch Ellis says the ruling Tuesday will save local and
state governments time and money without hurting the cause of voting
equality.

Ellis says he's “elated” with the ruling, in which the
court said a key part of the law is invalid until it's updated by
Congress.

The justices set aside a part of the landmark law that
requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South
and some other areas.

Ellis says local governments have spent
more than $1 billion seeking Justice Department approval of voting
changes. He says money spent on lawyers in the past can now go to
schools, police and fire protections.