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October 1, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Yakima voting-rights plan goes to federal judge

The Associated Press

YAKIMA — A federal judge will be asked Friday to choose between different plans for improving Latino voting rights in Yakima.

The City Council voted Tuesday for a plan to create five geographic districts and two positions voted on citywide.

The American Civil Liberties Union wants a separate district for each of the seven council members. The ACLU sued the city in 2012. It said the system at the time of four district and three at-large council members disenfranchised Latino voters. More than 40 percent of the city’s population is Latino.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports one of the five proposed geographic districts  would be Latino majority.

The city has already spent $797,000 on the case. Friday’s hearing will be before U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice in Spokane.

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