KPLU: Activists Push To Save Washington Voting Rights Act

SEATTLE - A bill to aimed at protecting voting rights in Washington isn’t dead but it’s barely breathing. And immigrant and civil rights organizations are scrambling to keep it alive.

The push to save HB1745,  also known as the Voting Rights Act of Washington, comes in the wake of a 2014 federal court case involving Yakima elections. A federal judge determined that Latinos in the eastern Washington city have been denied representation because city council members are elected citywide rather than by district.

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The immigrant rights group One America, the American Civil Liberties Union and others say under the proposed state voting rights act lawsuits could be avoided because there are provisions for mediation, rather than legal action, to ensure the voting rights of minorities are protected.

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