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Jul 25, 2014 7:45 AM by AP

New EBR redistricting plan approved

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will have nine school board districts to vote on at the polls on Nov 4.

Qualifying starts in just four weeks, Aug. 20 to 22.

The Advocate reports the school board voted 6-5 Thursday to reduce from 11 members to nine members.

The new board that takes office Jan. 1 will have five majority-white districts and four majority black districts.

The new districts replace an 11-member plan the board adopted two years ago. That plan was later approved by the Justice Department. The U.S. Supreme Court, however, in 2013 removed the requirement that Louisiana election districts must first gain "preclearance" from the Justice Department.

The Louisiana NAACP has promised to file suit, saying the plan dilutes the voting strength of racial minorities.

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