Federal lawsuit aims to overturn Chicago ward map

2013-04-03T19:30:00Z 2013-04-03T21:36:04Z Federal lawsuit aims to overturn Chicago ward mapThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 03, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

CHICAGO | The League of Women Voters and more than a dozen Chicago residents are suing to overturn the city's new ward map.

The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the map violates voters' constitutional rights because it was adopted years before the next City Council elections in 2015 — changing which aldermen represent thousands of residents without their vote.

The lawsuit also contends the redistricting failed to divide wards equally by population, which plaintiffs' attorney Thomas Geoghegan says "violates the principal of one person, one vote."

Aldermen approved the map last year, reducing the number of wards with a majority of black residents and increasing the number with Latino majorities.

Plaintiffs want a neutral process to divide the wards. They say some wards now have thousands more eligible voters than others.

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