Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election

"Voters in Port Chester, 25 miles northeast of New York City, are electing village trustees for the first time since the federal government alleged in 2006 that the existing election system was unfair. The election ends Tuesday and results are expected late Tuesday.

Although the village of about 30,000 residents is nearly half Hispanic, no Latino had ever been elected to any of the six trustee seats, which until now were chosen in a conventional at-large election. Most voters were white, and white candidates always won.

Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates. He rejected a government proposal to break the village into six districts, including one that took in heavily Hispanic areas.

FairVote said cumulative voting allows a political minority to gain representation if it organizes and focuses its voting strength on specific candidates."

Are we still in America? Has the Constitution been completely trashed?

Wow… what a bunch of ****… that has got to be against the Constitution. How about ppl actually get out and vote… yeesh.

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, which asserts a principle that the majority should have the right to make all decisions, states (p. 429, lines 23-29), “A minority group, by coordinating its effort in voting for only one candidate who is a member of the group, may be able to secure the election of that candidate as a minority of the board. However, this method of voting, which permits a member to transfer votes, must be viewed with reservation since it violates a fundamental principle of parliamentary law.”

So much for “one person one vote”

What a bunch of poop. Thats unconstitutional… if half of the population is non white… why don’t the just get out and vote ?

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What’s unconstitutional as long as everybody has an equal number of votes? It sounds like a variation on proportional representation and frankly it sounds better to me than carving out special minority districts.

At-large elections are inherently unfair and deliberately designed to disenfranchise minorities, originally political minorities.
They caught on early in the twentieth century when the Progressives and Socialists became a threat to the Big Two. In a lot of cities Eugene Debs’s Socialists won 25-30% of the vote and a good chunk of the city council then after an at-large system was adopted won 30-40% and go zero seats.

PR, cumulative voting, anything that will break the two-party duopoly I’m in favor of, let’s open up our legislatures (at all levels) to Right-to-Lifers, Greens, Tea Partiers, Commies, Objectivists – anyone who cares to run.

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