Class action lawsuit filed against governor, anti-gambling task force

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A class action lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of people in Greene and Macon Counties against Gov. Bob Riley and his anti-gambling task force commander, John Tyson, claiming the men have violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

Attorneys representing voters and elected officials in both counties announced the lawsuit in a statement Thursday to FOX6 News. The lawsuit claims the governor has violated the Voting Rights Act by nullifying the votes of the electorates in Greene and Macon Counties who approved constitutional amendments in 2003 authorizing electronic bingo operations in their counties. The complaint also alleges the raids carried out by the Governor and his Task Force were racially motivated and in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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