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NY village gets new voting system to aid Hispanics
Associated Press ^ | November 7, 2009 | Jim Fitzgerald

Posted on 11/10/2009 5:37:37 AM PST by reaganaut1

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A federal judge imposed an unusual election system on a suburban village Friday, nearly two years after finding that the existing system was unfair to Hispanics.

The village, Port Chester, is run by a mayor and six trustees. Under the new system, called cumulative voting, residents will be allowed to cast as many as six votes for one trustee candidate.

No Hispanic had ever been elected trustee or mayor in the village 25 miles northeast of New York City, although the population of 28,000 is about half Hispanic. The ruling is likely to mean that the village will have trustee elections next year for the first time since 2006.

Village officials said they were elated that Judge Stephen Robinson had not ordered that Port Chester be divided into districts.

"We got our preferred remedy of choice," said village attorney Anthony Piscionere.

Under cumulative voting, all six trustee positions would be at stake in each election and voters would have six votes each. A voter could cast six votes for one candidate, one for each of six candidates, or any other combination of six or fewer votes.

Both sides told the judge Friday they would work together to come up with a plan to implement the new system and educate voters about it. The judge said he hoped elections could be held in June.

"Port Chester is committed to making this a model," Piscionere said.

Cumulative voting is not used anywhere else in New York, but is becoming more popular and can be found in Alabama, Illinois, South Dakota and Texas, said Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, an election research and reform group. It is most commonly used for school board elections, though Peoria, Ill., uses it for City Council elections, Richie said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: cumulativevoting; judicialactivism; judicialtyranny; votingrights
This is ridiculous. Voting rights should mean equal access to the ballot box, not racial quotas for elected representatives.
1 posted on 11/10/2009 5:37:37 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Ah, now there’s a place where I simply will not believe, nor feel compelled to obey, the decisions of that group of “elected” officials.

The civil war is coming.


2 posted on 11/10/2009 5:38:59 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: reaganaut1
Cumulative voting is not used anywhere else in New York, but is becoming more popular and can be found in Alabama, Illinois, South Dakota and Texas

Good grief. I've never heard of this before. I thought gerrymandering for ethnic/political purposes was bad, but this is insane.

3 posted on 11/10/2009 5:40:00 AM PST by livius
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To: reaganaut1

This is unconstitutional.

What the hail is going on????


4 posted on 11/10/2009 5:40:05 AM PST by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09!)
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To: reaganaut1

One fails to mention that 27,999 of the Mexicans are illegal. On a positive note, it’s one of the few places in NY that the tacos are as good as any place in the states.


5 posted on 11/10/2009 5:43:33 AM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: reaganaut1
And where in the Supreme Law of the Nation does it say that one has the right to vote six times for one person?

They could care less about the Supreme Law as they add to the Constitution on their own and not as the Supreme Law dictates.

6 posted on 11/10/2009 5:43:46 AM PST by YOUGOTIT (The Royal 100 Club is Acting the Same as the Roman Senate When the Republic Collapsed)
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To: reaganaut1

Language, Borders, Culture! Where has it gone?


7 posted on 11/10/2009 5:47:52 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: reaganaut1

One white man, one vote.

Minorities get as many votes as they want.


8 posted on 11/10/2009 5:50:39 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." VP Charles Curtis, 1932)
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To: reaganaut1

“”Port Chester is committed to making this a model,” Piscionere said.”

The only thing that should be committed should be the knucklehead federal judge who made this decision.


9 posted on 11/10/2009 5:50:47 AM PST by princeofdarkness ("Obama Lied. Liberty, Morality, and Prosperity Died.")
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To: reaganaut1

Gee, all I thought they had to do is learn English.

Oh, I forgot they don’t have citizenship here.


10 posted on 11/10/2009 6:00:32 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: reaganaut1
The USA:
One Man, One Vote

The Politically Correct States Of The Continent Formerly Known As North America:
One Illegal Alien, Six Votes

11 posted on 11/10/2009 6:04:53 AM PST by Iron Munro (Really up-to-date liberals do not care what people do, as long as it is compulsory - George Will)
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To: Iron Munro

This is similar to how Councilors-at-large are elected in my city. You can vote for three, two, or give one “the bullit”.


12 posted on 11/10/2009 6:10:30 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Fresh Wind

Everyone gets the same 6 votes. Not saying I agree with the system, but it is the same for everyone there.


13 posted on 11/10/2009 6:13:48 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: reaganaut1

Wow.
This isn’t really a MAD Magazine parody - it is a real AP story.

We are in deep trouble as a nation.


14 posted on 11/10/2009 6:18:51 AM PST by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: JohnLongIsland
Actually, 28,000 is the total population, so 14,000 would be the Hispanic population.

Why go to the bother of an election? The judge could just appoint the mayor and trustees. That way they will get the right results.

15 posted on 11/10/2009 6:26:16 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: reaganaut1

Port Chester, N.Y.—where Greenwich, Ct. kids do their underage drinking.


16 posted on 11/10/2009 6:36:47 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Da Coyote
The civil war is coming.

Yes, but the South will win it this time. All the productive citizens are fleeing NY, NJ, etc and heading south. Then the North collapses.

17 posted on 11/10/2009 7:21:53 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED. Barack OBORTION is a close second.)
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To: icwhatudo

I didn’t make it clear that I was speaking in more general terms. Unlimited voting for minorities is what the left wants to see happen.


18 posted on 11/10/2009 7:36:13 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("Prosperity is just around the corner." VP Charles Curtis, 1932)
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To: Fresh Wind
If you are opposed to cumulative voting, do you favor "at large" or "single member district"

And of course the burning question is, will white voters at this particular place be able to preserve more power with "cumulative voting" or "single member districts"?

19 posted on 11/10/2009 7:59:17 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: reaganaut1

There goes the neighborhood.


20 posted on 11/10/2009 8:07:55 AM PST by AdaGray (uw)
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To: reaganaut1

I thought maybe the voting booths were too tall, then I read it.


21 posted on 11/10/2009 8:11:19 AM PST by MaxMax (Obamao can't play in the Olympic reindeer games)
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