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Yakima needs two Latino majority voting districts

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ACLU wants Yakima to have two Latino majority districts ACLU wants Yakima to have two Latino majority districts

YAKIMA, WA - The American Civil Liberties Union says the city of Yakima doesn't need just one Latino majority voting district; it should have two.

    

Last week, both the city and the ACLU filed proposed remedies after a federal judge's ruling in August that invalidated Yakima's current elections system as not equally open to participation by Latino voters.

    

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the ACLU has proposed seven geographic districts for voting in City Council elections, including two districts in east Yakima where the Latino population would be 76 percent and 72 percent respectively.

    

Yakima's attorneys have proposed a plan with the council's approval that would create five geographic districts from which members would be elected - including one Latino-majority district. There would be two positions voted on citywide in the general election.

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