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Activists appeal dismissal of voting rights lawsuit in Whittier
Activists appeal dismissal of voting rights lawsuit in Whittier

Activists in Whittier on Monday filed an appeal to a judge's dismissal this month of their lawsuit challenging the city's system of electing its officials.   Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael M. Johnson on Thursday granted the city's request to dismiss  the suit alleging that  its at-large method of electing council members violated the California Voting Rights Act. When voters gave the city permission this year to switch to electing officials by geographic district, the lawsuit became moot, Johnson said in dismissing it. Whittier is one of several California cities  with significant minority populations but few or no minority elected...

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