Saturday, December 4, 2010

3 Compton residents sue city over voting rights -

3 Compton residents sue city over voting rights -

The complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges that the at-large elections for City Council seats have the effect of diluting the Latino vote. Three Compton voters — Felicitas Gonzalez, Karmen Grimaldi and Flora Ruiz — filed the suit against the city and City Clerk Alita Godwin.City Atty.

Craig Cornwell declined to comment.The mayor and the four members of Compton's City Council are African American. Compton was long seen as a primarily black community, but Latino residents now make up about two-thirds of the city's population.

The suit alleges that although Latino candidates have run for council seats in a number of elections, no Latino candidate has been elected since at least 1999.

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