Yesterday, the three-judge panel in the Beaumont ISD preclearance case in Washington entered an injunction extending an earlier temporary restraining order which had blocked the school district from conducting May 11 school board elections.
The request to enjoin the elections came at the request of lawyers for the Justice Department on the grounds that the redistricting map and election procedures ordered by a state court of appeals for ISD elections had not been precleared under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and discriminated against African-American voters.
The court’s order stated that all of the parties had consented to entry of the injunction.
In a separate order, the court asked the parties to submit a proposed scheduling order for discovery concerning the map by May 3.
The Beaumont ISD’s amended preclearance complaint, with a good recitation of the facts, can be found here.