Posted on February 18, 2008
A federal district court judge recently found the Village of Port Chester, New York liable for a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The village, which is approximately 46.2% Hispanic, currently uses a staggered at-large voting system, and has never elected a Hispanic person to one of its seven Board of Trustees seats. The village is now seeking a proportional voting remedy, and FairVote has filed two amicus briefs highlighting the benefits of such a proposal. Choice voting, in particular, has a long history of use in New York City, thereby making it a particularly attractive remedy for a Voting Rights Act lawsuit.
[Read FairVote's Briefs]