Port Chester's Historic Election Begins

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).

Read more at:

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

Read archived news spotlights




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