The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by the Town of Hempstead in a class action voting rights lawsuit, which charged that the Town’s at-large voting system discriminated against black residents.

Denying certiorari in Goosby v. Town Board of the Town of Hempstead, 99-886, the High Court let stand a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which called for the election of town board by voting districts rather than at-large voting.