Tucson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a bid by Republican interests to kill the City's unique system of electing council members. Legal briefs filed by City Attorney Mike Rankin say there's nothing inherently unconstitutional about having the six council members nominated by ward and then having a citywide general election. He says it ensures each area of Tucson is represented, and it requires council members to pay attention to voters in the other five wards.
The full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the practice last year, but a group called Public Integrity Alliance is asking the nation's high court to overturn the appellate ruling. The group claims the current election system illegally disenfranchises residents who have no say on who advances from the other wards to a citywide general election.