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Court Finds Fault with Ferguson District's Election Method

Case stems from lawsuit filed on behalf of NAACP and several black parents and residents who alleged racial bias.

July 03, 2018 - 4:49 pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An appeals court has ruled that a Missouri school district that includes students from Ferguson violated the federal Voting Rights Act in its method of electing board members. 

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with a lower court judge who ordered the Ferguson-Florissant School District to adopt cumulative voting, which allows people to vote multiple times for a single candidate, depending on how many seats are up for election. 

The case stems from a lawsuit filed on behalf of the NAACP and several black parents and residents who alleged racial bias in the district's current at-large election process, in which people vote only once for a candidate. 

An attorney for the district says the board will decide soon whether to appeal.