Posted on June 09, 2010
On June 8th, the Village of Port Chester (NY) started early voting in New York's first-ever election with cumulative voting and first with in-person early voting. All six trustees on Port Chester's governing body will be elected, with Election Day on June 15. FairVote has supervised the Village's ambitious bi-lingual voter education campaign.
Cumulative voting allows voters the freedom to distribute their votes as they please. Those giving more than one vote to a favorite candidate increase that candidate's chances to win. This historic change comes as a result of a court ruling declaring the village to be in violation of Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act. Other jurisdictions using cumulative voting in other states include Amarillo (TX), Chilton Count (A), Peoria (IL).
Port Chester Votes Website
Television coverage of 1st day of voting
News coverage in Lower Hudson Valley News: June 9 and June 8
Commentary by Martha Lopez of Port Chester Votes
Cumulative voting in Amarillo