Federal judge rules against Pasadena in Latino voting rights case
- Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ruled that an electoral change from eight to six voting districts for the Pasadena City Council with the addition of two seats voted on city-wide constituted an unconstitutional weakening of Latino Pasadenans’ voting power.
- The dilution reflects the ethnic segregation of the city, where resources have historically been concentrated in the predominantly white south versus the predominantly Latino north.
- Expected to be appealed to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the case is seen as a test to the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding contemporary enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 widely viewed as weakening the voting rights of minorities nationwide.
- “Federal Judge Rules Pasadena Infringed On Latino Voting Rights, Orders Changes” (The Associated Press via Houston Public Media | January 2017)
- “Federal judge: Pasadena deliberately worked to reduce voting clout of Latinos” (The Houston Chronicle | January 2017)
- “Federal Court Rules Pasadena, Texas Violated Voting Rights Act” (KRWG | January 2017)
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