Court Rules Texas School District Violates Voting Rights Act

A federal judge ruled Friday that a Texas school district is violating the Voting Rights Act.

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IRVING (August 15, 2014) The Irving Independent School District denies Hispanic residents an equal opportunity to vote and elect candidates of their choice, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater ruled Friday in Dallas.

Fitzwater found that the current election process used by the Irving school district violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

Friday's ruling found in favor of plaintiffs that include Manuel Benavidez, a former Irving school board candidate.

The order means Irving must alter for the second time the way it elects board members.

The ruling found as unfair the current system in which there are five single-member districts and two members elected to at-large positions.

The city west of Dallas changed its election system earlier because of prior legal challenges.


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