It’s been more than three years since Lake Park, under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, put in place an unusual system for electing town commissioners in an attempt to make it easier for black candidates to win office.
On Tuesday, all four commissioners, excluding the mayor, will be elected at once, not in individual races but in a free-for-all that has no parallel in Palm Beach County. Under the system, Lake Park residents will vote for one candidate from among the six on the ballot. The top four vote-getters win three-year terms.
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