Suburb eyes successor to court-struck voting plan

October 2, 2012 3:40:25 AM PDT
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.