By Jorge Casuso
August 24, 2023 — In a major blow to the City, the California Supreme Court on Thursday reversed an Appeals Court ruling that had found Santa Monica’s at-large election system did not discriminate against Latino voters.
The court remanded the seven-year-old case to the lower court saying it “relied on an incorrect legal standard to conclude that plaintiffs had failed to satisfy the dilution element of their CVRA (California Voting Rights Act) claim.”
“We express no view on the ultimate question of whether the City’s at-large voting system is consistent with the CVRA,” the Supreme Court wrote in its 33-page ruling.
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