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How unfair was Whittier's at-large voting system?

To the editor: The editorial states that until recently, Whittier voters elected at-large City Council members rather than ones representing individual districts, and that this arrangement resulted in the Latino population being underrepresented. ("Whittier's voting system shift is better for Latinos, but not ideal," Editorial, Oct. 20) While it makes sense that a district scheme is likely to result in more equitable City Council representation, I question the notion that the Latino population of Whittier has been "victimized" by the at-large system. If "roughly half of the city's registered voters" are Latino, then by definition Latinos have...