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Latino Voting Rights Take Center Stage In Kern County Following Lawsuit

Mar 5, 2018

In February a U.S. District Court Judge ruled in favor of a Latino civil rights group in a suit challenging the way the county drew supervisorial district lines in 2011. In the suit, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund argued that by splitting eastern Kern County cities between two districts, the county unfairly also broke up Latino communities in the San Joaquin Valley, instead of allowing for a second Latino-majority district, in addition to the current District 5. Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore on Monday spoke with MALDEF attorney Tanya Pellegrini about the case, and how they want lines redrawn before the next election.