The California Voting Rights Act has served as a crucial defense against voting rights violations but has recently been a source of increasing controversy. Hundreds of cities and school districts have been required to move from at-large to district elections, intent on improving racial representation. Some groups are now calling the entire Act into question, while others question whether Congressional-style district elections are up to the goal of achieving better representation for women, people of color and other under-represented groups.
Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with Pedro Hernandez, Senior Policy Coordinator with FairVote California, attorney Kevin Shenkman with Shenkman and Hughes and Dr. Michael Latner, Cal Poly Professor and Kendall Voting Rights Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as they discuss the implementation of the California Voting Rights Act and its consequences for racial representation on the Central Coast.
Broadcast date: 3/14/19
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