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California Supreme Court denies review of Palmdale Voting Rights Act case

Posted: August 21, 2014 6:23 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2014 6:23 p.m.

The California Supreme Court has declined to review of Palmdale’s California Voting Rights Act case, though officials from the Antelope Valley city say they will continue to appeal the matter.

“While we are disappointed that the Supreme Court is not taking up this case, we are moving forward in the Court of Appeals to work toward protecting our citizens’ constitutional right to determine the manner and method of electing their city leaders,” said Palmdale Assistant City Attorney Noel Doran in a statement.

The city of Palmdale is in the midst of battling a lawsuit that alleges the city’s at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act by preventing minority voters from electing candidates of their choice.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled against the city last year.

“The appeal of the final decision is currently pending in the Court of Appeals,” said Palmdale City Attorney Matthew Ditzhazy in a statement. “That appeal is primarily over the evidence submitted and the trial court’s remedies which include districts, changed election dates, shortened terms of council members and other items.

“We are currently preparing our briefs for submission later this month,” he said.

The city of Santa Clarita, Santa Clarita Community College District and Sulphur Springs School District were all also hit with Voting Rights Act lawsuits with similar allegations, though all three have since settled those lawsuits.



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