- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A judge is set to begin hearing testimony in a lawsuit over a disputed New Castle County school district tax referendum.

The trial beginning Monday involves a 2015 referendum approved by residents of the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued on behalf of a resident and her elderly parents who opposed the tax increase, but say they were unable to gain access to the polls. They complained that the balloting coincided with “family fun nights” at schools serving as voting precincts, which critics suggest were scheduled in order to draw students’ families to the polls. There were also complaints about buses blocking parking spaces for disabled people, making voting difficult for them.

Expected trial witnesses include state Sen. Karen Peterson and state Rep. Deborah Hudson.

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