Lawsuit: Detroit suburb denies blacks equal voting rights

DETROIT (AP) — The Justice Department is suing a Detroit suburb, alleging that it violates the Voting Rights Act by denying black residents an equal opportunity to elect city council members of their choice.

A review of elections shows "the black population of Eastpointe is politically cohesive and that the white population votes sufficiently as a bloc to usually defeat the preferred candidate of black voters," the lawsuit argues.

"Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act prohibits practices such as Eastpointe's at-large City Council system where they improperly dilute the ability of...
6 Published By - National News - 2017.01.11. 20:26
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