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HOUSTON -- Fifty days from Election Day two opposite sides are standing in solidarity:
The City of Houston, which stands to lose millions of dollars in revenue and
red light camera opponents.

In federal court red light camera supporters are fighting to keep the charter amendment off the ballot, calling the measure a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The camera's opponents have also taken to the courts, filing a motion to help defend the City of Houston.

The people were energized by this being on the ballot. Because they had skin in the game. Because they thought that this was not about safety. It was about money, said Ron Jackson with Citizens Against Red Light Cameras.

At Houston City Hall last month city council members paved the way for a charter amendment, but raised serious concerns.

This is not a referendum. This is a charter amendment which is, in my opinion, not the proper way to go forward, said Anne Clutterbuck at a Houston City Council meeting on Aug. 24.

In a KHOU / KUHF Houston Public Radio poll released Monday morning 53 percent of those surveyed supported the cameras. Forty-three percent were against them.

Voters should always decide. It shouldn't just be forced upon them, said Jamie Matelske, a Houston resident.

It s a controversy the courts may decide before Houston voters get the chance.

The timing is still up in the air, unless a judge steps in and pulls the charter amendment off the ballot, voters will decide whether the cameras are here to stay on Nov. 2.

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