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Whittier's voting system shift is better for Latinos, but not ideal
Whittier's voting system shift is better for Latinos, but not ideal

Last year, the city of Whittier was sued under California's Voting Rights Act. Roughly half of the city's registered voters are Latino — yet, in its 116-year history, only one Latino has been elected to the five-member City Council. None have been elected in the last decade. According to the lawsuit, brought on behalf of several residents, power in Whittier has been concentrated in the hands of white politicians because of the city's at-large voting system. The problem with at-large systems is that they often dilute the voting power of minority groups, whose preferred candidates might be able to win if they ran in their own neighborhoods but who find it impossible to...

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