District Elections Lawsuit Against the City of Santa Barbara

After months of discussion and failed promises by the Santa Barbara City Council to review/reform the current election system, a lawsuit was filed against the City of Santa Barbara demanding that district-based elections replace the current at-large voting system so that Latino voters would be properly represented on the city council. The lawsuit was filed by A. Barry Cappello on behalf of the plaintiffs, all Santa Barbara registered voters. Frank Banales et.al vs. City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Superior Court, July 29, 2014, Case No. 1468167

Here are links to articles about the lawsuit.

Santa Barbara Independent, December 6, 2014
District Election Case Set for April Trial

Casa Magazine, October 2014
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Santa Barbara Noozhawk, July 30, 2014
Santa Barbara Sued Over Lack of District Elections

New Release, July 30, 2014
Elections Lawsuit Filed Against the City of Santa Barbara

Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2014
Activists sue Santa Barbara, alleging voting rights violations

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