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Supervisors Approve New Minority-Majority District

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Aired 9/7/11

By unanimous vote, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved new maps to define district boundaries. One new district has a majority of minority voters.

The final map the San Diego Redistricting Commission approved.
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Above: The final map the San Diego Redistricting Commission approved.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously in favor of new maps to define their district boundaries for the next 10 years. The revised maps create a district with a majority of minority voters.

The new maps approved by the Supervisors were revised after the American Civil Liberties Union and minority groups said they did not comply with the federal Voting Rights Act.

The revisions changed the boundary line of Supervisor Greg Cox’s South Bay district to contain a majority of minority voters.

Cox said he’s glad he still represents the cities surrounding San Diego Bay, which have common interests

"I am pleased that staff has been able to come up with a map that upholds the integrity of the voting rights act and has been able to draw a first supervisorial district with a majority minority district of citizens of voting age population," Cox said, "while retaining the community of interests surrounding the big bay."

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Critics of the maps argued minority votes are still being diluted in the North County and in Southeast San Diego, but say the new maps are a step in the right direction.

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