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Federal judge won't stop municipal schools vote

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(WMC-TV) – A federal judge won't stop the Shelby County suburbs' August 2 referendums which will decide if the towns form their own municipal school districts.

Judge Hardy Mays' ruling Thursday means that voters in Germantown, Collierville, Bartlett, Lakeland, Arlington and Millington can head to the polls next month to decide if they want to break with the merged Memphis City-Shelby County schools merger.

The Shelby County Commission filed a lawsuit attempting to stop the votes earlier this month. The commission's attorneys argued that the law allowing the vote violated the state's constitution.

Mays said if he later determines that the municipal school districts are unconstitutional, he wouldn't hesitate to withdraw the results of the August election.

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