Judge: Palmdale can’t hold City Council election

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge who said Palmdale’s method of choosing its leaders discriminates against minorities has halted the Nov. 5 City Council election.

Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney issued an injunction Monday. It bars the Antelope Valley community from holding an election that relies on citywide balloting rather than voting by individual districts. The election could proceed if the system is changed.

Mooney ruled in August that the current system violates California’s Voting Rights Act by diluting the votes of Latinos and blacks, who make up about 69 percent of the population. Only one Latino has ever been elected to the council.

With the election five weeks away, the city already has sent absentee ballots but they wouldn’t be counted if the injunction stands. The city says it plans an emergency appeal.

 

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