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File #: 17-0790    Version: 1 Name: CVRA Options
Type: CC- Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/14/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/29/2017 Final action:
Title: REPORT - RESOLUTION - CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT BACKGROUND: The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (the “Education Project”), through its attorney Kevin Shenkman, has submitted a certified letter challenging the City’s at-large election of council members. The Education Project alleges that racially polarized voting within the City has combined with the City’s at-large election system to impair the ability of Latino voters to elect candidates of their choice or to influence the outcome of an election. The Education Project thus alleges that the City’s at-large election system may violate the California Voting Rights Act, and it threatens litigation if the City does not voluntarily transition to a district-based election system. Attorney Shenkman has submitted similar claims against cities, counties and school districts throughout California. The City Attorney recommends that the Council give direction as to the appropriate response to the allegations. RECOMMENDATI...
Sponsors: City Attorney
Indexes: Not a Project
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Attachment 1, 3. Resolution_1, 4. Exhibit A_Res 1, 5. Resolution_2, 6. Exhibit A_Res 2, 7. Exhibit A_Res 2_REVISED 9/8/17, 8. Presentation