posted on: October 17, 2014
In August, a federal judge ruled that Yakima, Washington’s prevailing election system violates the Voting Rights Act, finding that “the non-Latino majority in Yakima routinely suffocate the voting preferences of the Latino minority.”
In early October, a U.S. District Court in Virginia ruled that the state’s congressional district maps illegally concentrated the state’s African American voters into a single district in order to dilute their influence in others.
These rulings go to the heart of remarkable and, indeed, incendiary new research by Who Leads Us?, a project of the Women Donors Network’s Reflective Democracy Campaign. The research shows in sharp terms just how poorly the demographics of America’s elected officeholders reflect who we now are as a nation: