City of Tucson Wins Major Case in Appeals Court

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously last Friday that Tucson can continue to use the same two-tiered election system it has been using since the 1920s. The ruling by an 11-judge panel erases a three-judge panel’s earlier decision. Last week's 19-page ruling said Tucson’s voting method doesn’t violate the U.S. Constitution’s commitment to one vote per person, as alleged by the Public Integrity Alliance and a group of Republican voters.

The two-tiered system uses a ward-only primary election and a citywide general election.

City Attorney Mike Rankin said he's happy with the ruling, but plaintiffs could seek another appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. There's no indication yet if that will happen.

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