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Victory!  Pasco approves consent decree in voting rights case
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News Release, Published: 
Friday, January 27, 2017
Under this new election system, the Latino community will now have the opportunity to elect three representatives of their choosing to the City Council
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
In response to an ACLU-WA lawsuit, the Pasco City Council has agreed that its at-large system for city council elections violates the Voting Rights Act, and it will submit a consent decree in federal court. (Pictured above: plaintiff Bertha Glatt at center, with ACLU-WA attorneys La Rond Baker and Breanne Schuster.)
News Release, Published: 
Thursday, August 4, 2016
In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU-WA, a resident is challenging the City of Pasco’s at-large election system for violating the Voting Rights Act by unlawfully diluting the vote of Latinos in City Council elections.
News Release, Published: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Yakima City Council has voted unanimously to drop its appeal of the ACLU-WA's landmark voting rights case.  The Court's decision ensures that all Yakima residents have a say in their government.  The Council's decision will now enable the City to move forward with the important work of building a better future for all the people in Yakima. 

El Restablecimiento Del Derecho a Votar en Washington

Document, Published: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
La asamblea legislativa de Washington recientemente aprobó una ley la cual automáticamente restaura el derecho a votar a personas culpables de delitos graves al haber cumplido su condena de prisión y período de supervisión comunitaria bajo la supervisión del Departamento Correccional. 
Published: 
Thursday, January 21, 2016
In 2012, the ACLU filed a lawsuit (Montes v. Yakima) on behalf of Yakima residents Mateo Arteaga and Rogelio Montes in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, charging that Yakima’s at-large City Council election system violated Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act.

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