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Lawsuit dismissed against Decatur over council/manager referendum

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A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against Decatur over the city's refusal to put the voters' choice of form of government into place on Wednesday.

In 2010, Decatur voters chose to change to a council-city manager form of government that would reduce the voting districts from five to three, with a fourth council member and a mayor voted for at-large, citywide without ties to a district.

But the city never acted on that referendum. Decatur city officials argued that doing so would eliminate the only minority-majority district, represented by Councilman Billy Jackson, thus denying voting rights of African-Americans.

Decatur resident Gary Voketz sued the city, demanding it comply with the will of the voters. Attorney Carl Cole, who represents the plaintiff, said a decision on whether to challenge the issue in a higher court should come next week.

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