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Voting rights lawsuit against Boston dropped

BOSTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday it has dropped its voting rights lawsuit against Boston after city officials agreed to provide voting materials in Chinese and Vietnamese, and to allow federal observers to monitor polling places.

The agreement comes six weeks after the federal government filed a lawsuit — part of what it said is a national initiative — alleging that Boston's election practices discriminate against Hispanic and Asian American voters who do not speak English.

"The city of Boston is to be congratulated for agreeing to resolve this matter in a constructive and forward-looking manner," Bradley J. Schlozman, acting assistant attorney general for the department's civil rights division, said in a news release announcing the agreement.