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The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) imposes liability on cities that elect their representatives through an at-large system and have racially polarized voting. In 2017, the City of Poway was forced to abandon its at-large voting system in favor of a single-member-district system after it was threatened with a lawsuit under the CVRA. In Higginson v. City of Poway, Don Higginson, a Poway voter, sued the City of Poway, claiming that the CVRA is unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. This case carries significant implications for voting rights in California and elsewhere and is now on appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
J. Michael Connolly joins us to discuss the case and the potential implications.
J. Michael Connolly, Partner, Consovoy McCarthy Park PLLC