Fed. Judge Rules Board Member Election Process for Ferguson-Florissant District Biased

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A federal judge has ruled that the process of electing board members for the Ferguson-Florissant School District is biased against black voters and must be revised before another election occurs.

The lawsuit alleged the district’s process of selecting board members at large makes it more difficult for black candidates to win and violates the Voting Rights Act. The judge agreed.

The district disagrees, saying the majority of the district’s voting population is white — and the current board has four white and three black members, indicating proportional representation.

District attorney Cindy Ornsby, in a statement, says the “NAACP sued the district for holding its elections in a manner required by Missouri law.”

It’s considering an appeal.

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