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Voting rights lawsuit

Posted: July 14, 2013 12:54 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2013 12:54 p.m.

I read the article about the carpetbagging Malibu law firm filing lawsuits against some of our municipal agencies because of our at-large voting method ("More voting lawsuits," July 6), which allegedly prevents Latino voters from electing candidates of their choice.


Where to begin?


First of all, this entire idea is predicated on the assumption that any minority group is going to vote for a candidate simply because of ethnic concerns.


Where’s the proof of that? Where’s the proof that minority candidates lose because whites vote against them because of racism?


If we’re going to create districts, how will it be done? Are we going to create a map plotting every Latino household, and then create some crazy jigsaw district to give them their own slate of candidates?


What about other minorities? How come Latinos are actually being favored in this loony scheme?


I’m half Armenian, I know there are more of us out here, and I’ve yet to see a single candidate of Armenian heritage on any ballot. How come we Armenians aren’t getting a district?


I’ve read polling data indicating that as a group, Latinos have a low rate of voter turnout at elections. Wouldn’t this scheme give undue weight to the votes of those Latinos who do actually show up to vote?


How is that fair or equitable? Aren’t all people supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law, and treated equally?


It seems to me that this scheme gives Latinos status as some kind of favored class, anathema in a democratic form of government.


I think the City Council should fight any such lawsuit in court.








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