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Gainesville’s at-large voting dispute resurfaces
Votes cast across wards under fresh criticism from Latino candidates going into fall election
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Voters enter the Gainesville Civic Center to cast their ballot at the Gainesville I precinct on Nov. 5, 2013. - photo by Scott Rogers
When he ran for mayor of Gainesville four years ago, Charles Alvarez would often harshly criticize the city’s at-large voting process that he is convinced stacks the deck against minority candidates. A Puerto Rican transplant from New York, Alvarez is a hardcore conservative Republican, but he has no problems lashing out against what he and others view as an unfair system.