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Pasco City Council to Choose from 2 Voter Redistricting Boundary Plans

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PASCO, WA - The Pasco City Council heard more input Monday night from the public about changing voting district boundaries. 

The city council is changing the boundaries to better represent Hispanic voters during elections. 

Right now the council has two plans in mind, both plans equally represent the Latino community and gives them the power to decide who will represent them in two of the seven districts. 

Council members are looking to the city of Yakima, where a judge recently ruled to adopt a redistricting plan by the ACLU of Washington State.
"31.1 So that's half again what it is in Yakima if I recall correctly from the court case and one of the items I think in the finding there was that the representation of the number of districts that were predominantly Latino was to follow that very closely in terms of a ratio for the number of council seats," says one concerned citizen at the meeting.
Council members say they'll make a final decision on which plan to adopt at their next city council meeting on March 2nd. 

They say one of their biggest struggles, however, is to get people in the city to register to vote and to actually use that vote. 

Right now only about 10 to 20 percent of those eligible actually do so.