Compton voting rights ballot measure passing in early returns
In early voting returns Tuesday, a ballot measure that would change the way elections are run in Compton was passing handily -- a development that could mean more representation for the city's Latino population.
The city's four council seats and mayor's post are currently filled through at-large elections, with all residents voting on each seat. Although about two-thirds of the city's population is Latino, all City Council members are black.
A lawsuit filed against the city by three Latinas in late-2010 alleged that the system dilutes the voting power of Latino residents -- who are a minority of the city's adult citizens despite being a majority of the total population -- and violates the California Voting Rights Act.
After fighting the suit for more than a year, the city settled in February, agreeing to place a measure on the ballot that would amend the city's charter to institute by-district voting.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: Compton City Hall. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times