ACLU Sues Anaheim Over Unconstitutional Eureka-Style At Large City Council Voting
ACLU Sues Anaheim Over Representation of Minorities
The American Civil Liberties Union and local activists Thursday announced a lawsuit against Anaheim alleging that the city violates the 2001 California Voting Rights Act, a law that mandates better representation for minorities.
A majority of the city — 54 percent — is Latino, yet none of the sitting council members are Latino, an indication that the city’s largest group of residents isn’t represented, activists assert. The ACLU and activists say the cause of the inequity is Anaheim’s at-large electoral system, meaning there are no requirements that council candidates live in certain neighborhoods.