Port Chester New York Seeks Proportional Voting System

Posted on February 18, 2008
Port Chester NYA 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]


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