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DC court blocks May BISD election

Three judges with the District of Columbia Circuit Court Tuesday blocked the May election for the Beaumont Independent School District board of trustees. 

State election law requires school districts to have elections at the same time as other political entities like cities or counties.

On May 11th, Beaumont voters will elect a mayor and a port commissioner.

BISD contracted Jefferson County Clerk Carolyn Guidry to run the district's elections, but with all the controversy and delays, two of those contracts have had to be voided.

For this latest hearing in Washington, D.C., BISD contacted Guidry and asked if she could feasibly get a May 11th election done with such a short notice.

In a declaration for the court, Guidry stated it would not be possible to meet all the deadlines  necessary to make sure the voting machines are correctly programmed and tested.

She also said that mail-in ballots have already been sent, so that would pose another problem.

The judges also ordered the board to quickly decide if there will be three positions or all seven positions up for election in November.

That election would fall on November 5th.


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