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Former voting chief now in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The former chief of the Justice Department's Voting Rights Section, who stepped aside in December after apologizing for remarks about minority voters, is now working in Alabama.

For John Tanner, his position as a fellow at the Alabama Law Institute is a return to his roots.

Tanner said he said he is very familiar with the state from growing up in Birmingham and graduating from Indian Springs School.

He also used to be the Justice Department lawyer assigned to handle election matters for Alabama and Mississippi before he became chief of the Voting Rights Section.

Bob McCurley, director of the Alabama Law Institute at the University of Alabama, said Tanner contacted him in January, looking to do election-type work "in the field" after 32 years at the Justice Department in Washington.

The law institute's president, Alabama House Speaker Pro Tem Demetrius Newton, said he personally contacted Tanner and asked him to come to the state to work on election-related projects at the institute.

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