Lubbock ISD gets clearance to change board elections - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/24/09

Lubbock ISD gets clearance to change board elections

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock ISD has the blessing of a federal judge to change the way board members are elected.  Back in 1984 the district faced a voting rights lawsuit. As part of that case, the federal court system ordered that LISD would have five single member districts and two "at large" board members.  

On Friday Lubbock ISD asked the court's permission to stagger the two at large board members starting in the year 2012. Staggering means the "at large" members will be elected at different times instead of both at the same time.

ISD spokesperson, Nancy Sharp, tells NewsChannel 11 that the change will prevent voter confusion.  She indicated that voters often thought they could only cast a ballot for one at-large board member instead of two at the same time.  She also indicates that staggering the terms will lead to less board turnover at the same time.

Last month the U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division determined that this change would not hurt minority representation. And then Friday federal judge Sam Cummings also agreed this change would be acceptable.  

The change only affects the two "at large" members in 2012 and does not change any of the single-member districts in the Lubbock ISD.

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