Judge sets conference in Evergreen election suit

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to meet with lawyers involved in a voting-rights lawsuit to decide the fate of a long-delayed municipal election in Evergreen.

Al.com reported ( http://bit.ly/13DQ4wG ) that U..S. District Judge Ginny Granade last week turned down a request by Evergreen to postpone the election. The judge rescinded that order a day later and scheduled Monday's phone conference.

The conference involves a long-running legal battle that has pitted three black residents against the city over the racial composition of the city's five council districts. The plaintiffs alleged that the majority-white council has gerrymandered the districts to prevent voters from electing leaders of their choice in a city that is 62 percent black.

The city has asked for a delay of the scheduled May 21 election.

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Information from: Press-Register, http://www.al.com/press-register/




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