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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-05-06 01:55 PM
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14. Osceola rejects voting-rights deal

Osceola rejects voting-rights deal
The U.S. government had offered to settle a lawsuit against the county.

Daphne Sashin
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted April 5 2006

KISSIMMEE -- Osceola County commissioners have rejected the first settlement offer in the federal government's voting-rights lawsuit against the county.

Justice Department attorneys last month proposed a meeting to discuss a possible settlement. It suggested Osceola could switch from its countywide election format to five or six district seats and satisfy the Voting Rights Act.

"We remain open to considering alternatives that accomplish that objective and meet the interests of the county and its officials," Justice Department attorney Tim Mellett wrote in a March 13 letter to Osceola's outside counsel, Vincent Fontana.

The County Commission met in closed session March 27 to discuss the matter, and the county attorney's office planned to send an official response late Tuesday

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