Sailors v. Board of Educ. of Kent County
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387 U.S. 105 (1967)
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Sailors v. Board of Educ. of Kent County, 387 U.S. 105 (1967)
Sailors v. Board of Education of the County of Kent
Argued April 17-18, 1967
Decided May 22, 1967
387 U.S. 105
Appellants brought this suit seeking, inter alia, to enjoin as violative of the Fourteenth Amendment enforcement of a Michigan statute under which appellee school board and other county school boards are chosen not by the electors of the county, but by delegates from the local boards from candidates nominated by school electors. A three-judge district court, rejecting appellants' contention that the system paralleled the county-unit system invalidated in Gray v. Sanders, 372 U. S. 368, dismissed the complaint.
2. There is no constitutional reason why nonlegislative state or local officials may not be chosen otherwise than by elections. The functions of appellee school board are essentially administrative, and the elective-appointive system used to select its members is well within the State's latitude in the selection of such officials. Pp. 387 U. S. 107-111.
254 F.Supp. 17, affirmed.