THE 2010 CENSUS NUMBERS AND THE CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT

March 2011
Number 5

The 2010 Census numbers have been calculated and the numbers released. These numbers could have an impact on your upcoming elections. If your district, city or public agency votes by trustee areas, your agency may likely need to make boundary adjustments for the next upcoming elections. If trustee areas are not already in place, consider contacting your legal counsel to evaluate whether the census numbers indicate a risk of litigation under the California Voting Rights Act. The California Voting Rights Act prohibits any at-large voting system that impairs the ability of a minority group to elect candidates of choice or its ability to influence election outcomes. Consideration of federal and state voting rights laws is important whenever election boundaries are changed or created. Lozano Smith has extensive experience with the California Voting Rights Act and can effectively evaluate and work through these issues with you.

The California Voting Rights Act and the 2010 Census are the topic of a Lozano Smith presentation at the annual CASBO Conference in Anaheim on April 7, 2011. Attorneys Ruth Mendyk and Tom Gauthier, along with demographer Douglas Johnson of the National Demographics Corporation, will discuss what school districts need to consider with the updated census numbers. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the California Voting Rights Act, please do not hesitate to contact one of our eight offices located statewide or consult our website.

© 2011 Lozano Smith

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