Tuesday, January 7, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The city of Anaheim has approved a settlement in a voting-rights lawsuit challenging its citywide council elections.
The city announced Tuesday that under the settlement, plaintiffs' claims will be dismissed and residents will vote in November on changing the city charter to a district system that supporters say is fairer to minority voters.
City attorney Michael R.W. Houston says that under the settlement the city does not admit that its current system violates the California Voting Rights Act, and says it allows changes to be decided by voters instead of judges.
Under the proposed district model, council members will be elected only by residents of their districts, not by the city at large.
Currently, more than half of Anaheim residents are Hispanic but the entire City Council is white.