LANCASTER – The public is invited to hear expert third party analysis on Lancaster’s compliance with the California Voting Rights Act.
The meeting, featuring Voting Rights Act expert Dr. Morgan Kousser, will take place at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the City Council Chambers, located at 44933 Fern Avenue, according to a press release from the city of Lancaster. Read it below:
On February 18, the City of Lancaster’s appointed citizen Elections Committee will hear a third party analysis from Voting Rights Act expert, Dr. Morgan Kousser. Dr. Kousser will provide the findings from his study examining the City of Lancaster’s compliance with the California Voting Rights Act.
Voting Rights Act expert Dr. Morgan Kousser boasts an extensive background in voting rights and redistricting law. Dr. Kousser has consulted or testified in twenty-five federal and seven state cases regarding voting rights and redistricting. A graduate of both Yale and Princeton, Dr. Kousser has been an instructor at the California Institute of Technology since 1969. He has also authored several books and numerous scholarly articles and reviews on minority voting rights, race relations, political history, educational discrimination, and quantitative methods.
The study was requested by the City Council, on the recommendation of the City’s Elections Committee, to undertake an examination of Lancaster’s compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. The committee is chaired by local attorney, Steven Derryberry, who is joined by commissioners Ed Galindo, Cassandra Harvey, Darren Parker, and Kitty Szeto.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 18, at noon in the City Council Chambers (44933 Fern Avenue.) The public is welcome to attend.
Lancaster uses at-large elections; however, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is the plaintiff’s attorney in a voting-rights lawsuit to prevent the city of Palmdale from using at-large elections. The lawsuit claims Palmdale’s at-large elections result in racially polarized voting, which prevents minorities’ candidates of choice from being elected. In a final statement issued late last year, Judge Mark Mooney found Palmdale in violation of the California Voting Rights Act and ordered the city to hold a district-based election in June. Palmdale is appealing the decision.
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