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Latinos Want US to Sue Over LA Minority Voting Rights

Friday, 29 Nov 2013 10:53 AM

 

The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing lawsuits over minority voting rights in Texas and North Carolina. But the Justice Department has not moved in connection with evidence that the latest round of redistricting in Los Angeles County unfairly reduces the influence of Latino voters.
 
Nearly half the 10 million people in the nation's largest county are Latino. But political boundaries redrawn in 2011 make it possible for Latino voters to elect just one of the five supervisors.
 
The administration has resisted calls to sue the county, despite the county's history of discrimination against Latino voters in earlier redistricting efforts.
 
The inaction rankles some Latino activists who count themselves as strong backers of President Barack Obama.

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