Former Shelby County commissioner Earl Cunningham said voting rights opponents are not fighting by the usual rules. Any time public-policy changes were proposed, he said, "we had a public hearing. If Earl Cunningham had too many beer coolers in his yard, a public hearing. If we're going to move a stop sign, a public hearing. If Earl Cunningham played his boom box too high, a noise and public nuisance disorder, a public hearing. But with this, the most important civil rights act in 50 years, [they go straight to a court challenge]. The fight goes on, the struggle continues. It might not be as brutal as it once was, but it still continues."