Vot­ing dis­trict align­ment de­bate lands in court

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the lawK”

ee also said that pcott “was very adamant that get­ting into pol­i­tics would not be help­ful if both sides went down that URDG. ,W wRuOG nRW EH EHnH­fiFLDO WR Dny­bodyK”

pchool board so­lic­i­tor gef­frey pul­tanikI ar­gues that “the ex­ist­ing three-re­gion plan es­sen­tially di­vides the dis­trict in three re­gions on a north-to-south ba­sisI while the nine-re­gion plan cre­ates a greater east-towest sce­nar­ioK”

ee said that CROm should com­ply with WhH VWDWH (OHFWLRn CRGH Ey hDYLnJ DI­fiGDvits of cir­cu­la­tors at­test to the va­lid­ity of the sig­na­turesK ee said two sig­na­tures in­volved dead peo­pleK

The dis­trict has ar­gued that the dis­trict’s plan “achieves the Con­sti­tu­tional man­date of one per­son­Lone vote far more ef­fec­tively” than CROm’s pe­ti­tionK

ee said the “de­vi­a­tions are far larger” un­der CROm’s pe­ti­tionK

“Trans­lated an­other wayI” he saidI “vot­ers would get more equiv­a­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tion” un­der the school board’s plan ver­sus CROm’s pe­ti­tionK

The next school board elec­tion will not be un­til the spring of OMNPK The judge will have to ren­der a de­ci­sion prior to FebK OMNP when can­di­dates start cir­cu­lat­ing pe­ti­tions for board seats in prepara- tion for the pri­mary in OMNP and kovem­ber OMNP elec­tionK

pul­tanik said the school dis­trict “is dis­ap­pointed that the judge did not ap­ply the re­quire­ments of the Elec­tion Code that would have re­sulted in dis­miss­ing” CROm’s pe­ti­tionK

rn­der the school board’s three-re­gion FRn­fiJuUDWLRn, WhHUH wRuOG EH WhUHH UHSre­sen­ta­tives per re­gionK

The reap­por­tion­ment is be­ing done to com­ply with state lawI which re­quires that vot­ing re­gions have equal rep­re­sen­ta­tionK It also as­sures that vot­ers’ con­sti­tu­tional rights are not abridgedK

The to­tal pop­u­la­tion in the dis­trict is TNINSRK

menns­bury’s pop­u­la­tion by voter re­gions shows Re­gion N Evard­ley Bor­ough DnG /RwHU 0DNH­fiHOG 7RwnVhLS) hDV D higher pop­u­la­tion than Re­gion O EFalls 7RwnVhLS DnG 7uOOyWRwn BRURuJh) DnG Re­gion P EFalls Town­ship and Lower 0DNH­fiHOG 7RwnVhLS).

rn­der the dis­trict’s planI Re­gion N would have OPI9OU peo­ple EPPKSO perFHnW). 5HJLRn 2 wRuOG hDYH 23,273 (32.70 SHUFHnW). 5HJLRn 3 wRuOG hDYH 23,964 (33.67 SHUFHnW).

In this planI four dis­tricts in Re­gion P would merge with Re­gion OK Two Re­gion N dis­tricts would be ab­sorbed into Re­gion PI which in­cludes precincts in Falls and /RwHU 0DNH­fiHOG.

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