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Thu Apr 14, 2016, 01:24 PM

10. It took a Voting Rights lawsuit for the Latino vote to stop being disenfranchised there

Now the representation is finally reflecting the changing demographics.


Latinos win Yakima council seats for first time in city’s history
Originally published November 4, 2015 at 12:58 pm Updated November 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

In the wake of a federal-court lawsuit, Hispanic candidates have for the first time been elected to the Yakima City Council.

Two Latina candidates won council seats on Tuesday and a third was leading her opponent.

This was the first election since the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU) sued the city under the federal Voting Rights Act, demanding that the community’s election system be changed to give Hispanics a better chance of winning elections.

The number of Hispanic residents has exploded in Central Washington in recent decades, with some communities becoming majority Hispanic. But political clout has not followed the population gains.

Yakima’s Hispanic population quadrupled from 1990 to 2010, with many new residents drawn to work in the region’s agriculture and food-processing industries.

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