Latino Leaders Ask Attorney General to Intervene in Redistricting Processes

A group of Latino leaders is asking the state’s attorney general to intervene in the redistricting process in at least three California counties to ensure compliance with the Fair Maps Act.

Latino Caucus of California Counties President V. Manuel Perez and Policy Committee Chair Luis Alejo sent a letter to Attorney General Rob Bonta on Dec. 6. It reads in part:

“We believe there will be some counties that, by December 15, will adopt maps that disregard [the criteria outline by the Fair Maps Act] and may potentially attempt to gerrymander and exclude particular Latino incumbents or candidates that are the opposite political party from the majority membership of their respective Board of Supervisors. We are specifically concerned with maps being considered in Butte, Merced, and San Luis Obispo counties, but there will likely be more after the final map adoptions.

Due to a short time period and deadline for candidates to file for supervisorial races by March 11, 2022, for the June 7 primary election, we believe your office must contact these counties now prior to the December 15 final adoptions to place them on notice and also prepare to take swift action to seek judicial remedies and petition for injunctive relief against any counties that may be in violation of state law.”

Read the letter here.


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