8th Circuit Denies ACLU Request to Use Cumulative Voting in Ferguson MO. School Board Voting Case

A few months ago a federal district court ruled that the use of at-large voting in Missouri’s Ferguson-Florrisant school district diluted African-American voting rights in violation of the Voting Rights Act and the Court ordered cumulative voting as a remedy.

Then the judge decided to grant a stay so that the ruling would not apply to the upcoming elections, allowing those elections to go forward using regular, at-large voting.

The ACLU asked the Eighth Circuit to require cumulative voting for the upcoming elections, givent the earlier findings.

The Eighth Circuit has now denied the request, without explanation.

The appeal remains pending.

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