SEATTLE (AP) -- In another move to differentiate themselves from the Republican-controlled Senate, House Democrats are pushing forward a measure that aims to enhance minority voting rights.
The House is expected to vote next week on the measure called the Washington Voting Rights Act, which opens the possibility of court challenges to cities, counties and school districts to push them to switch from at-large to district elections in areas where large minority groups are present.
Proponents of the measure say the bill is needed to help minority candidates represent their communities. They say at-large elections stack the odds against minority candidates. Opponents say legislation is not needed and lawmakers don't exclude minorities from their work.