FARMERS BRANCH (WBAP 24/7 News) - The City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to appeal a federal court's order to create single-member voting districts.
The move will not change the city's plans for its May 11 election. Two newley drawn single-member districts will be on the ballot, including one in which U.S. citizens of Hispanic descent make up the majority of elgible voters.
Last summer, U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater, a Republican appointee, sided with HIspanic plantiffswho sued the city of 29,000 people and successfully argued that the at-large electoral system prevented them from gaining political representation. Fitzwater agreed that the 1965 Voting Rights Act had been violated. In voting for the appeal, council member Tim Scott said, "I will not be bullied." David Koch and Harold Froelich also voted to appeal.
Minorities make up the majority of the city's residents, but non-Hispanic whites make up the majority of eligible voters. All the council members are white men.
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