On October 15, a California State Court of Appeals permitted the city of Palmdale to proceed with its November 5 election for city council. However, it is still not certain that the results will be allowed to stand. A lawsuit is currently pending against the city’s at-large city council elections, based on the California Voting Rights Act, which prevents at-large city elections if the at-large system seems to prevent a sizable ethic or racial minority from winning any seats on the council.
On September 30, a Superior Court Judge had enjoined the election. Then the State Court of Appeals reinstated it, partly on the technicality that the plaintiffs had not filed a bond. But then the Superior Court Judge had ruled that the bond isn’t needed, and the election was off again; but now it is on.