Thursday, March 19, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law: The Dept. Of Justice's Ruling On NY's Term Limits Debacle

The federally run U.S. Department of Justice has okayed The New York City Council's decision to abolish term limits for New York politicians.

According to The New York Daily News, The Department of Justice must approve any changes to the voting rules for cities that are covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. New York is such a city.

Dissidents to the term change in New York politics still have another chance to see this situation turned around. A lawsuit was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court to settle the issue of whether of not the Mayor and The City Council had the authority to remove term limits, despite the citizens of the city voting twice to keep them in place. Although the U.S. District Judge sided with the Mayor and The City Council in this case; an appeal has been filed, and is on the docket to be heard later this month.

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