At the request of the Justice Department, a district court in Washington has at least temporarily blocked upcoming May elections for the Beaumont ISD board of trustees.
Lawyers for the Justice Department sought the emergency stay yesterday, citing the school district’s plan to proceed with the election using a redistricting map and modified election procedures, which, though ordered by a state court of appeals, had yet to be precleared under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
The TRO, signed by U.S. District Judge Richard Contreras, remains in place until the entire three-judge panel in the preclearance case filed by the district in late March can hold a hearing on DOJ’s request to convert the TRO into a preliminary injunction.
The school district, however, issued a statement today saying that the election had been cancelled.
A copy of the TRO can be found here.
A detailed outline of the Beaumont ISD saga can be found here.
This is why the redistricting battle is so crucial - and there are off year elections, and a lot of local municipality elections scheduled for May.
Think school boards don’t matter? Get one full of Tea Party members and see how things go..
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