Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Latinos Lack in Power Positions in Boston Area City Government

A report commissioned by the Greater Boston Latino Network found that while the Latino population in the Boston area has boomed in recent years, the faces in city government do not reflect this shift. The report asserts that "This is not just about Latinos. This is about the quality of government...Inclusive government is better government."

Here at FairVote, we encourage local leaders to consider the impact that voting structures have on the ability of people of color to be represented in local government. Boston itself is currently considering ranked choice voting (RCV) for it's four at-large city council seats, as a way to improve its local democracy. Cities can also find local solutions to address the often low and racially unequal voter turnout that leads to unrepresentative city governments. Learn more at

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