Tag: California

Sacramento Ponders Independent Redistricting Commission after 2011 Drama

Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento City Council does not want a repeat of the tumultuous 2011 redistricting process.  Last week, the council passed a local law that if approved by residents, would establish the Independent Redistricting Act. Read more in the Sacramento News and Review.

ACLU Warns of Voter Intimidation in Northern California County

California – The ACLU of California issued this press release (below) last week regarding the possible voter intimidation of Hmong (voters whose ethnic origins are from the mountainous regions of China and Vietnam) living in the northern regions of the state. Media Contact: (415) 621-2493 ( Since last Friday, the ACLU of California’s Voting Rights Project has been working… Read More ›

City in Orange County California Skips Court and Abolishes At-Large Voting

San Juan Capistrano, CA – This town of around 35,000 in Orange County, California boasts a burgeoning Latino population of nearly 40%. City council members have been historically elected at-large by city voters, but a recent lawsuit field by a Latino voting rights group sparked debate and in the end, city officials agreed to elect council members… Read More ›

Will the Court’s Arizona Decision Spawn More Independent Commissions?

Now that the Supreme Court has sanctioned Independent Redistricting Commissions brought about by voter ballot intiatives, will more states follow? Is this an effective way to thwart Republican gerrymanders? Michael Sargeant and Mark Schauer ponder these questions in this article in The Hill Blog. They point out that ballot initiatives are not widely available among the… Read More ›

ACLU Files Voting Rights Lawsuit in Fullerton, CA

Fullerton, CA: The ACLU  filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Asian voters in the city of Fullerton, California. The suit alleges that Fullerton’s at-large style elections impede the ability of Asian voters to elect their preferred candidates. Unlike, its lawsuit in Yakima, WA, this complaint is based on the California Voting Rights Act as opposed to… Read More ›

Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Upheld by Federal Court

Los Angeles – City Council President Herb Wesson was vindicated by a federal court’s ruling that the council’s controversial 2012 redistricting map was not an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.  Despite so-called damning video evidence submitted by plaintiffs that showed Wesson telling an audience that the map “guaranteed” at least two minority council members going forward, the… Read More ›

Latino Activists Consider Voting Rights Lawsuit Against Orange County”

Orange County, CA – The local Board of Supervisor election pit Latino voters against Asian voters and some Latinos in the community are considering a federal lawsuit. Read.

City of Santa Barbara Bracing for the Inevitable: Losing in Court

The city of Santa Barbara is bracing for the inevitable change to district elections after the at-large voting system for its city council election was challenged under the Voting Rights Act. According to the Santa Barbara Independent, the city has approved $400,000 to hire a notable voting rights attorney, not to win its lawsuit, which is… Read More ›

California Plaintiffs find Easier Litigation Route with State Voting Rights Act

Minority plaintiffs seeking redress in the courts to combat various forms of minority vote dilution generally had only sections 2 and 5 of the federal Voting Rights Act to make their case. Section 5 only applies to election law changes and was recently nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision to invalidate its… Read More ›