Resident activists file suit against the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the St. Louis County Board of Elections under the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiffs allege that the existing at-large system dilutes neighborhood power in areas with black-majority students. According to court documents, the plaintiffs say:
Despite the fact that African-Americans are almost half of the School District’s population and are a substantial majority of its students, there has never been adequate representation of African-Americans on the Board.
The defendants contend that the Ferguson-Florissant School District has an adequate history of minority representation under the current system.