06/28/2013 01:22 pm ET Updated Aug 28, 2013

Latino Coalition Presses For Voting Rights In California City


A Latino activist organization is stepping up its longtime efforts to change the way elections are conducted in the city of Whittier, the group announced this week.

The Whittier Latino Coalition delivered a letter from its law firm to city officials during Tuesday's council meeting that charged the city of violating state and federal voting rights laws by continuing to elect its council members from the city at large.

The coalition believes that at-large voting puts underrepresented minority groups at a disadvantage and wants the city to create geographic districts to elect council members. Even though Latinos make up more than 50% of the voting-age population of Whittier, there are no elected Latino representatives on the City Council.

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