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      Judge blocks District II race

      Attorney Butch Bowers clients wanted to keep the April 6 election date.

      A federal court judge has ruled to block the District II election that was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

      The other district races and the mayoral race will take place as scheduled.

      On Monday in U.S. District Court in Columbia, Judge Cameron Currie gave orders that the District II race not be held.

      Read the ruling here.

      A lawsuit was brought on Tuesday March 30 by Katharine Butler a USC law professor.

      "I'm pleased the court agreed with us," says Butler, "I'm sorry the city found itself in that position."

      The suit argues since the city did not get pre-clearance from the Justice Department as required by the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the election violates the act.

      According to Butler's bio, she is a nationally recognized expert on the Voting Rights Act and got her start in the Department of Justice.

      The District II Columbia City Council election has been plagued with controversy.

      It all started when the seat was left vacant after former Councilman E.W. Cromartie announced his resignation along with plans to plead guilty to federal tax evasion charges.

      In urgency, the city decided to hold an election along with the vote for Columbia's mayor on April 6, giving voters just 23 days to learn about candidates.

      That decision was challenged in circuit court and it was decided that a later date would be best.

      "I fought for district representation and I was denied that," says neighborhood leader Durham Carter.

      That ruling was later overturned in the state's Supreme Court, putting the election back in April.

      Check back often as we get the latest details on this breaking story in Columbia.

      And for more on this, and other elections, be sure to check out our Politics Page. There you'll find the latest political news along with candidate bios and voting information.

      And Tuesday, when election results start rolling in, rely on us for up-to-date information.