Published Online: November 21, 2013

CA school district settles voting rights lawsuit

CERRITOS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district has settled a lawsuit that challenged how board members were elected.

The board for ABC Unified School District in Cerritos voted Tuesday to resolve the lawsuit and to implement a new election system. Under terms of the settlement, the district will stop electing its board members at large and establish seven geographic voting areas.

The lawsuit claimed violations of the California Voting Rights Act because the at-large school board elections allegedly diluted Latino voting power. At least one of the newly created districts must have a majority Latino constituency by November 2015.

District officials said in a statement they settled the suit to avoid exorbitant legal costs.

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