Cumulative Voting in the United States

Cumulative voting is used to elect all or part of several local legislative bodies across the United States.  In many of the jurisdictions below, some portion of seats will be filled from single member districts, and the remaining seats elected at large using cumulative voting.  Others, such as Port Chester, NY, use cumulative voting for the entirety of the body.  For most jurisdictions, cumulative voting was adopted as a result of litigation under Sec. 2 of the Voting Rights Act, or in anticipation of such litigation.

The following lists jurisdictions using cumulative voting, first by type of body, then by state.

 

City councils:

Alabama

    • Centre
    • Guin
    • Heath
    • Myrtlewood

Illinois

    • Peoria

New York

    • Port Chester

South Dakota

    • Martin

Texas

    • Abernathy
    • Andrews
    • Anton
    • Earth
    • Eden
    • Friona
    • Grapela
    • Hale Center
    • Jourdanton
    • Morton
    • O'Donnell
    • Olton
    • Poth
    • Roscoe
    • Rotan
    • Yorktown  

School boards:

Alabama

    • Chilton County

South Dakota

    • Sisseton
    • Wagner

Texas

    • Abernathy
    • Amarillo
    • Amherst
    • Andrews
    • Anson
    • Anton
    • Atlanta
    • Bovina
    • Denver City
    • Dumas
    • Earth
    • Friona
    • Hale Center
    • Hamlin
    • Irion County
    • Lockhart
    • Luling
    • Morton
    • Navarro
    • Nueces Canyon
    • O'Donnell
    • Olton
    • Post
    • Poth
    • Riviera
    • Ropes
    • Rotan
    • Seminole
    • Sharyland
    • Stamford
    • Sudan
    • Sundown
    • Wilson
    • Yoakum
    • Yorktown