Residents of color in Worcester, advocacy groups file federal voting rights lawsuit against city, claim system for electing School Committee members is discriminatory

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Several residents and advocacy organizations in Worcester are suing the city over allegations its system for electing members to its School Committee discriminates against communities of color.

Eight Black, Hispanic, Latino and Latina residents – alongside Worcester Interfaith and the Worcester branch of the NAACP – filed a federal voting rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday, alleging the at-large, plurality electoral system for electing School Committee members unlawfully dilutes the vote of residents of color and “deprives them of an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.”

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