CVRA lawsuits are expensive

NDC Launches AZ BBSP Program

On the state of Arizona’s behalf, NDC is coordinating the state’s 2020 Census “Block Boundary Suggestion Program.” This is the first opportunity for state, county and local officials to draw the Census Blocks that will be used for the 2020 Census counts, and, in so doing, influence the flexibility to draw precincts and Congressional, state […]

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Updated Counts of CVRA-Driven Changes

195 is NDC’s latest tally of California jurisdictions changing to by-district elections as a result of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA): 131 school districts, 28 cities, 1 county, 27 community college districts, and 8 other special districts. These counts includes jurisdictions that have completed the process and those currently in the process. NDC has assisted 104 of them, […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Ruling that CVRA applies to Charter Cities

On August 20, 2014, the California Supreme Court declined to review a Second District Court of Appeal ruling that charter cities are vulnerable to litigation under the California Voting Rights Act. The ruling is the latest in the City of Palmdale’s ongoing CVRA litigation, Jauregi vs. City of Palmdale, S219809. The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, […]

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Settled: Cerritos Community College District ($55,000)

The District paid $55,000 to plaintiffs. NORWALK, Calif. – March 22, 2012 – The Cerritos College Board of Trustees announced today that they have settled a lawsuit filed under the California Voting Rights Act challenging the at-large electoral system previously used to elect the College’s Board of Trustees, and seeking payment of attorneys’ fees. The […]

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Pending: Anaheim ($800,000 spent to date)

This case is headed to court, and as of October, 2013 the City had spent $800,000 on its legal defense. After a contentious four-hour meeting, the Anaheim City Council decided by a 3-2 vote to put a “hybrid” election model on the ballot next June. But in another 3-2 vote, it rejected a recommendation from a citizens […]

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Settled: Compton Community College District ($40,000)

In an arranged “friendly” lawsuit, the District paid $40,000 to plaintiffs. At the January 17, 2012 Board meeting, the Special Trustee for the Compton Community College District (CCCD) appointed five individuals to serve on the Redistricting Committee. The committee is an important part of the CCCD’s overall redistricting process. At the May 16, 2012 Board of […]

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