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District-based elections OK even if protected class impaired

ACLU argument in favor of AB 182: The 2002 CA Voting Rights Act empowers challenges to race-based vote dilution in local at-large elections. AB 182 extends these protections to single-member district systems and designs remedies to avoid diluting the voices and votes of protected communities.

SFGate.com veto analysis: Gov. Brown said in his veto message that existing laws "already ensure that the voting strength of minority communities is not diluted." The law signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002 allows minority groups to challenge at-large (city-wide) elections, increasing the likelihood of control by a white majority. [Since 2002] over 100 local governments switched to district elections.˙The [new] law could challenge district lines if intended to dilute minority votes.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 26-14-0 on 9/3/15; Passed Assembly 53-24-3 on 9/8/15; State Rep. Rocky Chavez voted NO; Vetoed by Gov. Brown on 10/10/15.

Source: ACLU on California voting record AB 182 , Sep 8, 2015

Voted NO on pilot program for all-mail-in ballots

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14

OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873 , Aug 28, 2014

Voted NO on overturning Citizens United

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 51-20-9; passed Senate 23-11-6

OnTheIssues Explanation: The Citizens United ruling gave rise to "Super-PACs" which can spend unlimited money on political advertising by unknown donors. This resolution seeks to overturn the Supreme Court by a Constitutional Amendment.

Source: California legislative voting records: AJR-1 , Jan 30, 2014

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