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Supreme Court rejects voting-district challenge that would have weakened Los Angeles' clout

Supreme Court rejects voting-district challenge that would have weakened Los Angeles' clout

For the second time in two weeks, a conservative bid to shift the law to the right fizzled at the Supreme Court, when the justices on Monday upheld the current, widely-used method of counting every person—not just voters—when drawing election districts.

The unanimous ruling rejected a constitutional claim that states and municipalities may count only eligible voters when dividing up districts.

Had the court accepted such an interpretation, it would have shifted power away from cities with fast-growing communities of immigrants, including Los Angeles, Houston and Phoenix, and given more clout to suburban and rural areas. Doing so would have generally strengthened...

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