A Latino civil rights organization and others have filed a federal lawsuit that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a bipartisan redistricting panel intentionally dilute Hispanic voters’ influence.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday and calls the new district a facade

The legal action filed Wednesday targets state Legislative District 15 in Yakima, which is majority Latino. The Redistricting Commission said the area has a Latino voter population of 50.02% and an overall minority voter population of 55.05%. But the lawsuit filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and others says the new voting area is a “facade” of a majority-minority district and violated the Voting Rights Act because it won’t allow Latinos the chance to elect candidates of their choice.

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