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Should All DeKalb Voters Participate in Brookhaven's Election?

One local attorney thinks so and has filed a lawsuit to try to make it happen.

Attorney Jerome Lee has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to allow all DeKalb voters to be able to participate in the Brookhaven election.

Lee filed the suit on Tuesday and said the move is meant to protect voting rights of African-American voters. He has also requested an emergency hearing, according to WSB-TV.

WSB reported that the suit's plaintiffs include civil rights icon Joseph Lowery, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and a bloc of African-American voters.

Lee and other plaintiffs worry that Brookhaven's cityhood will dilute the African-American vote in DeKalb. According to the U.S. Census, African-American people make up 54 percent of the population of DeKalb and 11 percent of the Brookhaven city population.

Do you think DeKalb voters should have a right to vote in Brookhaven's city elections? Is this a ridiculous lawsuit? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

John McGrew October 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Actually, they are paying taxes in the area. Whether they realize it or not, property taxes are passed on directly to them through their rent. The only advantage they have over the rest of us is that if everything goes bad, it's easier for them to leave to find somewhere nicer to live.
John McGrew October 18, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It's someone just pandering for attention.
Fred C Dobbs October 18, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Are you freaking kidding me? Its ridiculous, but then consider the source. He got his 15 minutes of fame.
John McCay October 20, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Sorry, but this thought process is beyond ridiculous. Only homeowners being permitted to vote? Really? This so called "dumb process" is the law of the land, from coast to coast.
John McCay October 20, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I have to agree with everyone, with the exception of Ghost of John. If there was no Countywide vote for the formation of the City, this makes absolutely zero sense.

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