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Palmdale continues lonely fight against Voting Rights Act
Palmdale continues lonely fight against Voting Rights Act

Across California, cities, school districts, even water boards are scrambling to comply with the state's Voting Rights Act and settle costly lawsuits, or avoid them altogether. Palmdale is an exception. Leaders in the Antelope Valley city have lost court battles and racked up big legal bills fighting to keep their system of electing officials, which a trial court last year ruled violates minority voters' rights. An appeals court recently agreed with the trial judge on some points, and now the city is asking the state Supreme Court to step in. "I think every city in California needs to wake up. … We should all unite instead of folding," Palmdale Mayor James Ledford said. He repeated his...

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