Federal judges side with BISD on election process; Attorney Mike Getz eyes U.S. Supreme Court ruling

A federal three-judge panel in Washington DC Friday ruled in favor of the Beaumont Independent School District, allowing the district to hold board elections in November, and only three seats, the ones scheduled to expire this year, should be on the ballot.

This means the other four incumbents on the board may finish out their terms, scheduled to run through 2015.

The judges had ordered the district to cancel the May elections because of problems arising from the recently re-districted map.

Friday's ruling goes against a previous ruling by the Ninth Court of Appeals that had called for all seven board seats to be up for election in May.

12News spoke to Beaumont attorney Mike Getz, who's representing the side wanting all seven seats on the ballot.

Getz told 12News he is waiting on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, expected in June.  He says if Section 5 is ruled unconstitutional, it would end oversight of Texas schools, and the next election would follow state law, not federal.






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