Elected officials who oppose the way Mayor Michael Bloomberg extended term-limits law so he could run for a third term are hoping the federal government will block the change.
Under the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department must approve changes to voting rules in New York City. The approval is needed to prevent voting changes from discriminating voters.
Bloomberg critics, including Democratic mayoral candidate William Thompson Jr., say the change discriminates against minorities. They say term-limits led to greater turnover in city elected positions, giving nonwhite candidates more opportunities.
Tuesday is the deadline for the Justice Department to rule.