Riley says Alabama is in compliance

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is reporting to a federal judge today that the state is in full compliance with federal voting laws.

The governor was appointed as special master by U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins in August 2006 and put in charge of developing a statewide voter registration system in accordance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

The state had failed to meet a Jan. 1, 2004 compliance deadline and then failed to meet a Jan. 1, 2006 deadline after the then secretary of state had asked for a two-year extension.

The state then entered a contract with Election Systems and Software to provide software, training, coordination and implementation of Alabama's voter registration database.

The state has achieved HAVA compliance in the eight months since the contract was put in place.