By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rebuffed a bid by a group representing Republican interests to void the system of nominating council members by ward by having them elected at large. The justices gave no reason for their ruling.
This morning’s action is the last word in the multi-year bid by the Public Integrity Alliance to have state and federal courts declare that the practice is an unconstitutional violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The group argued that it effectively gave some voters more power than others.
But that contention was most recently rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.