County Responds to Charges of Violating Voting Rights Act
The Yakima County Commissioners have responded to a letter sent to the county earlier this month saying the county was in violation of the Washington Voting Rights Act of 2018 and that the system disenfranchises Latino voters.
Earlier this month the Campaign Legal Center on behalf of Yakima County residents Evangelina “Bengie” Aguilar, Susan Soto Palmer, Candy “Dulce” Gutierrez, Rogelio Montes, and OneAmerica sent the letter to the county saying if no action was taken by the county in 180 days they'll take legal action.
A press release from the board says legal staff is researching the allegations and looking at remedies.
The county currently uses a system in which the top two candidates advance to the general election. It's similar to a system that was used by the city of Yakima before the city was sued by the ACLU in 2012.
The board says it will work with the residents named in the letter to make sure the county is in compliance with state law. The board says it reserves the right to pursue all legal actions involving the matter.