The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected a bid by a group representing Republican interests to void the system of nominating Tucson City Council members by ward but having them elected citywide. The justices gave no reason for their ruling.
The high court's action ends a multiyear 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. They argued it effectively gives some voters more power than others. That contention most recently was rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.