Last year, Yakima had an historic election. For the first time, in a city with a Latino population of 41 percent, voters finally elected Latina members to the seven-member Yakima city council. This type of fair representation—voters chose three Latinas—was unprecedented (the city had never elected a Latino either.) If that’s surprising to you, it shouldn’t be. Data collected over years demonstrates Yakima’s racially polarized voting prevented voters from electing candidates who represented their values.