Surge in voter turnout gives blacks new voice in Ferguson, Missouri

A surge in voter turnout helped elect two new black city council members in Ferguson, a Missouri city found by the U.S. Justice Department to be rife with racial abuses in its police and court systems. After months of street protests, turnout in Tuesday’s vote was 30 percent, or more than double recent municipal elections in the St. Louis suburb, which is two-thirds black but has had only two African-American council members in its 120 year history. Mayor James Knowles on Wednesday called the election a “milestone” for the city. The six-member city council will be split with three African-American and three white members.

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