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Yakima City Council expected to drop its appeal of the ACLU voting rights lawsuit tomorrow

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YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima City Council tomorrow is expected to drop its appeal of the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, voting rights lawsuit that changed city elections last year. 

A council majority is expected to vote Tuesday to drop the appeal. If that does happen, Yakima will owe more than $1.8 million in legal fees and costs to the ACLU as ordered by a federal judge. Back in 2012 the ACLU sued the city of Yakima saying their at-large and geographically defined districts were unconstitutional because it put Latino voters at a disadvantage. 

In 2014, a US district court judge agreed and ordered the city to adopt a district-based council system, that gave the city seven single-member districts, with districts one and two as Latino majority districts. The first elections under the new system were held last November, and voters elected the first three Latino council members in Yakima's history.

Tomorrows meeting will take place at Yakima City Hall and starts at 7 P.M. 

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