WASHINGTON The Supreme Court has ruled for Alabama's governor in a dispute over his attempt to fill a county commission vacancy with a fellow Republican appointee.
In a 7-2 ruling, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Gov. Bob Riley did not need advance approval from the federal government to fill the vacancy.
The case involves a provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that requires Alabama and several other states most of them in the South to get federal approval before changing election procedures that affect minority voters.
Ginsburg says the issue in this case is a narrow one that does not have broader application to voting rights disputes.