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Port Chester will use Cumulative Voting

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On June 15th the village of Port Chester, NY will become the first community in the state to elect its representative body through a semi-proportional system of elections known as “cumulative voting.” The reforms include a bi-lingual voter education campaign and “early voting,” a process allowing voters to cast ballots up to a week before Election Day.

These changes are the result of a court ruling which found that the old system limited the collective ability of Port Chester’s Hispanic community to elect a candidate, thus violating the federal Voting Rights Act. Other communities currently using cumulative voting include Amarillo, TX, Chilton County, AL, and Peoria, IL.

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