Farmers Branch eyes successor to court-struck voting plan

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Associated Press

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 2 at 12:30 PM

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas city council will consider a single-member replacement for a municipal voting system struck down by the federal courts.

Previously, all five members of the Farmers Branch City Council were elected citywide. The Dallas Morning News reports the council will vote Tuesday on carving the city into five districts, each of which would elect one council member.

In a memo to the council, City Manager Gary Greer says one proposed district would have a 75 percent Hispanic electorate, while the other districts would have non-Hispanic majorities.

U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater ruled Aug. 2 that the Farmers Branch at-large system violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Farmers Branch has repeatedly made national headlines for trying to ban illegal immigrants from renting housing.

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