Herriman's request to stop Salt Lake County from counting impending votes toward forming an east-side school district was denied today by a federal judge.
Judge Ted Stewart in Utah's U.S. District Court denied Herriman's request for a permanent injunction against a vote that would allow Jordan School District's east-side cities to create a new district.
In his response to Herriman's lawsuit, Stewart says he recognizes that the west side will be affected by an east-side split — if that's what east-side voters choose — but defers to Utah's Legislature as to whether the law that allows the vote should be changed.
Under current law, only east-side residents will be allowed to vote on whether they want to form a new district.
Stewart acknowledged that west-side residents will be affected with a loss of resources and funding if the east side successfully splits into a new district, but the judge did not agree that excluding west-side residents from voting on an east-side school district is unconstitutional.