California: “Democrats Say Black Voters Are Being Disenfranchised In The Special Election To Replace Katie Hill In Congress”

LAist:

However, no vote centers are planned for Lancaster, a high desert city which boasts one of the most racially diverse populations in the district, including a large African American community. According to the 2018 Census American Community Survey, black residents make up about 7% of the 25th congressional district, while nearly 22% of Lancaster residents are black.

Several centers are slated for the neighboring city of Palmdale [check the county’s map of vote center locations].

“We find it concerning,” said Kunal Atit, a spokesperson for Democratic candidate Christy Smith in a statement. “[We] call upon the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to review and rectify this oversight.”

Mark J. Gonzalez, who chairs the L.A. County Democratic Party, agreed.

“Lancaster is the single most diverse part of the district, and yet the nearest voting center is nine miles away,” he said. “Registrar Logan’s voting center placement decisions need to be consistent with our state’s focus on ensuring that every voter has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote… especially in communities of color.”

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