Election Research by Political Science Professor Highlighted in LA TImes
The research of political science professor Eric Lindgren was recently mentioned in a Los Angeles Times article about the growing number of ethically-diverse California cities under pressure to change how they elect their city councils.
Activists, using the California Voting Right Act, have filed lawsuits to overturn the at-large election systems in these cities in favor of having members elected by geographic district, all in an effort to bring more minority representation into their city councils.
The article looks into the current lawsuit Latino activists have against the city of Whittier and how census data and Lindgren's study of Whittier's 2010 city council election may demonstrate that the city's at-large elections do not present minority candidates with the same opportunities to participate as white candidates.
Lindgren, who has studied voting patterns in Whittier, was also recently interviewed by Los Angeles NPR affiliate, KPCC, about the push to change how Whittier voters elect their officials.