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Law prof asks judge to halt Columbia election

Mar 30, 2010 5:58:00 PM - thestate.com
A USC law school professor is asking a federal judge to halt the April 6 Columbia City Council District 2 election.

Katharine Butler said the City Council?s decision to replace former District 2 Councilman E.W. Cromartie in an election held April 6 changed the city?s election procedures without first getting preclearance from the United States Justice Department, which is in violation of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Cromartie resigned from his District 2 seat March 9 after he agreed to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

City officials have asked the Justice Department to grant the election preclearance, but to date the department has not responded to the request or media in-quests about the election?s legality.

Butler, who is representing herself, said the changes to the city?s election procedures included:

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