Election Administration

State of Alabama

Alabama Newbern Mayoral Selection Method Challenge

Braxton v. Stokes

Lawsuit filed on behalf of former mayoral candidate Patrick Braxton and five Black voters against Newbern, Alabama’s mayor, Haywood Stokes, and members of the Newbern Town Council, challenging the town’s policy of appointing a mayor without holding elections in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Voting Rights Act (VRA) and state law. 


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