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Town of Lockport v. Citizens for Community Action

430 U.S. 259, 97 S. Ct. 1047, 51 L. Ed. 2d 313 (1977)

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Town of Lockport v. Citizens for Community Action

United States Supreme Court

430 U.S. 259, 97 S. Ct. 1047, 51 L. Ed. 2d 313 (1977)

Facts

Under New York law, a new county charter required a referendum election in which most of the voters in the county’s cities and most of the voters outside the county’s cities approved the charter. In November 1972, a referendum was held concerning a proposed charter for Niagara County. The charter did not explicitly redistribute governmental powers from the cities and towns to the county. City voters approved the charter 18,220 to 14,914, but noncity voters disapproved the charter 11,594 to 10,665. Therefore, although most of the city voters in the referendum approved the charter, it was not enacted because the noncity majority disapproved.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)

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