Supreme Court Affirms Tucson Hybrid City Council Election System

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a request to void the City of Tucson hybrid system of nominating Council members by Ward and electing them city-wide. The case, brought by a shadowy group, Public Integrity Alliance, was rejected by the Ninth Circuit in September 2016.

The case brought by the dark money group never really stood a chance according to experts, but it did serve the attorneys, who represented the inappropriately named Public Integrity Alliance. The group’s attorney, Kory Langhofer, is well-known for representung dark money groups involved in affecting elections.

“Tucson’s hybrid system for electing members of its city council imposes no constitutionally significant burden on voters’ rights to vote,” the Ninth Circuit Court concluded. “And Tucson has advanced a valid, sufficiently important interest to justify its choice of electoral system.”

“We hold that Tucson’s system does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and so affirm the district court’s order awarding judgment in favor of the City and its co-defendants,” concluded Judge Marsha S. Berzon, who wrote the opinion for the Ninth Circuit Court.

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3 Comments on "Supreme Court Affirms Tucson Hybrid City Council Election System"

  1. The Evil One | March 20, 2017 at 5:40 pm |

    It’s not about voting. It’s about representation. Will the Council Member represent the Ward they were elected to OR will they represent the Ward they got the most votes from?

    That is why this system needs to be changed.

  2. Lets see, you live in district “x” and want local representation – the guy in district “Y”&”Z” votes against your vote and choice – so they overrule your ability to get local representation, as well as your ability to influence city council operational votes and this isn’t an infringement.. perhaps they are right it’s a CLUSTERCOPULATION! The ‘representative came to my house, I know him on a first name basis, if I voted for him or not, if the majority of the local district voted for him or not.. matters not?
    DISBAND THE 9TH DISTRICT COURT it’s nothing but a leftist trash barrel!

  3. Well, I see that Tucson and Pima county will never be anything more than the arm pit of Arizona. Just one more good reason to leave the county when I retire.

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