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Yakima City Council Makes Changes to ACLU Redistricting Plan

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The Yakima City Council is making changes to their redistricting plan in response to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.


Originally, the city proposed that the mayor and assistant mayor be at-large positions elected by a popular vote of all eligible voters. But this morning, the council voted to remove that part of the plan.


This comes after the city's legal team discovered that it would be against state law to change that part of the voting system without voter approval. 

"It was never really an essential part of proposal," Yakima Spokesperson Randy Beehler said. "It was kind of a thought that possibly would help to alleviate some other concerns that people have expressed over the years. But it's not that important to the overall proposal for redistricting."


Both the city and the ACLU's voting plans are now in the hands of a federal judge. The judge is expected to make a ruling by the end of next week. 


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