Palmdale ordered to hold new municipal elections

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Updated: 12/03/2013 12:35 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Superior Court judge has ordered Palmdale to hold elections for every member of its City Council next year to resolve charges that the Los Angeles suburb discriminates against black and Latino voters.

Under the tentative ruling issued Friday by Judge Mark V. Mooney, each of the city's four council members would be elected by districts approved by the judge. Two of those districts would have a majority of Hispanic voters.

The elections would be held in June and the newly elected officials would take office in July.

Voters from throughout the city of 155,000 residents currently elect each of the council's four members.

Mooney ruled last July that such a method violates the California Voting Rights Act by diluting the influence of black and Hispanic voters.


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