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A court has found that Palmdale's at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising minority voters. (At-large elections get rid of electoral districts; instead everyone votes for all of the seats.) "In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney said he did not consider voter turnout or the effectiveness of past campaigns, only voting patterns. He pointed out that intent to discriminate is not required to prove a violation." [KPCC, image via]