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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Ind. Courts - Putnam Co. school board election challenged in federal court on basis of one-person, one-vote

Here, from an ACLU of Indiana news release last Friday:

Indianapolis - Even the smallest units of government must conform to constitutional principles protecting every eligible person's right to have their vote treated equally. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana advanced that principle by filing a lawsuit yesterday against an Indiana school district for depriving a woman of those rights.

Brooke Cox, a registered voter who resides in Floyd Township in Putnam County, is concerned that her vote has been "seriously diluted," according to the complaint against North Putnam Community School Corporation.

Although Indiana law requires school districts to be reapportioned before an election to achieve population equality, vast disparities exist within Putnam County. According to the last Census, Floyd Township's population was nearly five times that of the least populated township in the county, yet each township, regardless of its population, elects just one school board member. The case challenges the school corporation's failure to maintain voting districts for school board positions that conform to the one-person one-vote principles required by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Constitution of Indiana. * * *

The suit, Brooke Cox v. North Putnam Community School Corporation, was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Terre Haute Division, under cause number 2:12-cv-303 WTL-MJD.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 14, 2012 09:35 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts