Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Irving Voter Rights lawsuit continues going forward

I've mentioned this lawsuit before. Basically a group is suing the city saying that at-large representation forestalls Hispanics from electing a representative.

Per the Dallas Morning News:

A U.S. District Court judge denied the city of Irving's request Wednesday morning for a summary judgment in a trial over at-large city elections.

Irving attorneys made their request after attorneys for Manuel Benavides finished presenting their case on ways to draw a new City Council district where a majority of voters are Hispanic. Benavides is suing the city, alleging that its at-large voting method for City Council members effectively denies representation to the city's Hispanics.

That doesn't mean the case will actually go on much longer or that Benavides will win. It just means that it will go to the next step in which the City puts forth its own arguments. The judge said they can request a dismissal after that, although I think it's unlikely it will be granted then either.

It'll be interesting to see where this goes.

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