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FairVote Files Two Amicus Briefs in Port Chester (NY) Voting Rights Case

Posted on January 01, 2007

The Village of Port Chester, New York, has been found 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 Department of Justice alleged that the village's  winner-take-allat-largemethod of elections caused Hispanic vote dilution, and therefore violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The Department of Justice proposed a single-member district plan that they believe would enable the Hispanic community in Port Chester to elect a representative to the Board. 

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