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CVRA

    Newhall School District Looking At Moving Elections, Cumulative Voting

    Newhall School District governing board members directed Superintendent Marc Winger to “investigate the process of initiating a change to cumulative voting and even-year elections in order to address potential concerns under the California Voting Rights Act,” an official said Tuesday. The election change was approved at the governing board’s meeting in response to the district’s monitoring of recent CVRA lawsuits in the area, according to district officials. The Newhall School District will change its elections “assuming recent settlement agreements initiating the transition to cumulative voting and even year elections are held to be legally valid,” according to officials.

    Hart District Announces Intent To Look At District-Based Elections

    Hart district officials announced their intent to look at district-based elections for the junior high and high school district's governing board Wednesday.


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    4 Santa Clarita Valley School Districts Sent Letters On Voting Rights Act

    Four Santa Clarita Valley school districts, Newhall, Saugus Union, Castaic Union and Hart, were sent letters warning of California Voting Rights Act violation by a law firm Saturday. The letter was sent by the law firm Shenkman & Hughes, which represented two plaintiffs in three other similar Santa Clarita Valley lawsuits. The letters come days after the Santa Clarita Community College District disclosed the costliest Santa Clarita Valley settlement terms yet in three lawsuits over similar allegations.

    Sulphur Springs School District To Adopt Districts As Part Of Lawsuit Settlement

    Sulphur Springs School District officials approved settlement negotiations with attorneys in a lawsuit alleging the district's elections are discriminatory

    Palmdale Given Final Statement CVRA Lawsuit, City To Appeal

    A judge issued his final ruling in a lawsuit against the city of Palmdale which claims the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act due to its at-large elections for City Council

    Palmdale Lawsuit Leaves City Council Votes In Flux

    In court transcripts obtained by KHTS AM-1220, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge clarifies his intent to halt Palmdale’s City Council election.


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    Palmdale Election Halted Again Over Voting Rights Act Violation

    Palmdale's city election, which was slated for November, was halted again by the courts because the city was found in violation of the California Voting Rights Act

    Palmdale Officials Told They Can't Hold Election Due To CVRA Violation

    A Los Angeles County judge told Palmdale officials that they may not hold their regularly scheduled November election because it's in violation of the California Voting Rights Act

    Voting Rights Expert Looks At Conditions For A CVRA Violation

    A voting rights expert who is been involved as an expert witness in dozens of lawsuits of the California Voting Rights Act said such cases usually come down to two things and there are few remedies outside of districting.


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    Legislation Could Take Aim At California Voting Rights Act

    Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said there's legislation in the works that could take aim at the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit