“In this case, the court found the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s at-large voting system made it nearly impossible for African-Americans to have real political representation on their local school board,” said Tony Rothert, legal director, ACLU of Missouri. “The future of the district’s children will improve once the discriminatory voting system is eliminated.”

"The district's election system dilutes the voting power of African Americans in violation of the Voting Rights Act," said Julie Ebenstein, senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Voting Rights Project who argued the case. "That's why a federal court has already ruled against it, and we're asking the Eighth Circuit to do the same."

 In August 2016, a federal judge found the school district’s electoral system discriminates against African-American residents in violation of the Voting Rights Act after a lawsuit was filed by the ACLU. In November of that year, the judge ruled in favor of a cumulative voting system to remedy the Voting Rights Act violation in the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s process for electing school board members. 


More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/voting-rights-trial-ferguson

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