Latino voters file lawsuit over Washington redistricting plan

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington in Seattle on behalf of several Yakima Valley residents and the Southcentral Coalition of People of Color for Redistricting. The nonprofit organization’s members include several Yakima County Latino voters who have been involved in other voting rights cases in the region. 

The bipartisan state Redistricting Commission is tasked with redrawing political districts once a decade to reflect changes in population, incorporating the latest data from the U.S. census. 

The lawsuit claims the redistricting plans for the Washington legislative districts offer a “facade of a Latino opportunity district.” That’s because while the percentage of Latino voters —

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