Chicago ain't got nothing on Port Chester, N.Y.

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AP - This photo provided by the Port Chester, N.Y., village clerk shows the ballot for the election of six ...

Residents in the New York suburb vote six times, giving whole new meaning to the cliche, "Vote early and often."
And, unlike in Chicago, it's legal.
It's because a federal judge has decided that electing the six municipal trustees in an at-large election violates the federal Voting Rights Act. Even though the village is almost half Hispanic, none have ever been elected as a trustee.  The judge, Stephen Robinson, accepted the village's proposed remedy: cumulative voting, in which the voter can split his six votes anyway he wants among the candidates. 
Illinois once had cumulative voting for members of the House of Representatives, and it worked well, allowing minority party candidates and quality candidates to get elected. Unfortunately, a citizen referendum--instigated by then community organizer and now Gov. Pat Quinn, ash canned the system.

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  • The only thing interesting here is that, based on the Voting Rights Act, something like this was invalid in the South since the late 60s, but is only now being challenged in the North.

    I had a go with a guy named joe001 about how the "two step nonpartisan election" also violated the Voting Rights Act, and frequently so held in the South, except apparently in Chicago, where it appears to have been instigated to keep a certain stammering Pink guy from having competition from members of another racial group.

    It is beyond me why Port Chester just didn't establish districts, but with regard to cumulative voting, that community organizer and hopefully near future former governor proved again that he was and is the champion of unintended consequences.

  • Social Engineering hard at work.These people are lunatics.If they let the best person win,oh yea thats not what we're looking for.

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