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Moscoso issues statement on passage of Voting Rights Act

Rep. Luis Moscoso - Reporter file photo
Rep. Luis Moscoso
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The following is a statement from Rep. Luis Moscoso (D-1st District):

“Some people say our elections system isn’t broken: After all, we don’t have a poll tax, ballots are secret and vote-counting is open and accurate.

“But when we look closely at the results, we have to wonder if something is broken. I’m not talking about which individual candidates win or lose, or whether they are Republicans or Democrats, but whether whole groups of people, whole communities in our state, are left without a voice in our democracy.

“In Adams County, for example, 60 out of 100 residents are Latino, but among the city council and school board members, only 3 out of 100 are Latino. And this is not unique, other counties in our state reflect the same issue.

“It’s possible the voters in those counties – Latino and otherwise – genuinely prefer those candidates. But maybe they don’t. And that’s why today’s passage of the Voting Rights Act in the House of Representatives is so crucial.

“The bill we just sent to the Senate does not require anybody to do anything. It simply allows local governments to get rid of their at-large voting systems -- if they find that those systems are silencing the voices of many of their citizens – and to replace them with district voting.

“The Washington Voting Rights Act is fair and reasonable. I truly hope this time around the Senate chooses to move us closer to delivering on the promise of democracy that our state constitution makes to all the citizens of Washington.”

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