Ferguson-Florissant school board will keep at-large voting for April election

Updated at 4:43 p.m. on Dec. 22 to include ACLU's follow-up motion

School board elections in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will continue unchanged, at least until an appeal to a court ruling is heard.

A district judge previously had ordered the school system to use cumulative voting after the NAACP and others sued the board because they believed its election process is stacked against black voters. On Wednesday, Judge Rodney Sippel granted a stay requested by the district to hold off on his judgment, pending the school board's appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Thursday, the ACLU of Missouri filed an emergency motion urging the court to either vacate the stay or speed up the process so that cumulative voting can be used for the April election.

The school district currently holds its elections in a manner widely common in other districts: at-large voting. A judge had ordered the district to instead adopt cumulative voting, which allows voters to submit as many votes as there are candidates and distribute votes among the candidates how they choose.