Federal Judge Sides With NAACP In Voting Rights Challenge Of East Ramapo School District

, in the Rockland/Westchester Journal News reports “A federal judge struck down the method East Ramapo uses to elect its school board Tuesday, saying the current setup is unfair to black and Latino voters.

U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel, in a 77-page decision issued this morning, said the East Ramapo Central School District will be banned from using the at-large method to elect school board members in elections scheduled for June 9.

“This ruling may or may not change the way the schools in the District are run,” Seibel wrote. “But the purpose of Section 2 (of the Voting Rights Act) is not to produce any particular policy outcome. Rather, it is to ensure that every voter has equal access to the electoral process. For too long, black and Latino voters in the District have been frustrated in that most fundamental and precious endeavor. They, like their white neighbors, are entitled to have their voices heard.”

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