City Sends Word That the Justice Department Doesn't Object to Its Redistricting Plan
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This is release just sent by Dallas City Hall:
Today the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division notified the City of Dallas that it does not interpose any objection to the Redistricting Plan for the Dallas City Council approved on October 5, 2011. The approved districting plan will go into effect for the 2013 City Council election.
Tom Perkins, Dallas City Attorney, stated that the pre-clearance indicates that the plan does not create a retrogression of the rights of minority voters to elect candidates of their choice, as protected under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
"I am pleased with the outcome," said Mayor Mike Rawlings. "This confirms that the redistricting plan approved by the City Council increases the opportunities for minority representation. It is my belief in the future we will see a majority of minority council members sitting around the horseshoe."
"I would also like to thank the Chair of the Redistricting Commission, Ruth Morgan, and all of the members of the Commission for their service to the City and their hard work," added Mayor Rawlings.