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The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation.

The complaint was filed by Virginia-based Project on Fair Representation, which filed the lawsuit in Shelby County, Alabama, that led to the Supreme Court’s 2013 gutting of the main enforcement formula in the Voting Rights Act. Project on Fair Representation is led by Ed Blum, a well-known figure in the right-wing universe who was involved in drafting the suit challenging affirmative action in state university admissions that made it to the Supreme Court, though it lost.

On Wednesday, Blum filed a suit targeting the California Voting Rights Act. The suit argues the law is unconstitutional because it gives the state power to force cities to create political districts for local seats, taking racial representation into account, and thus replacing the previous at-large districts, where the top vote getters fill several seats.

In other words, the California Legislature decided in passing CVRA that it was better to have more local election districts, where strong local leaders could win — as opposed …read more

Source:: Salon – Politics

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