One Person, One Vote…

Unless, of course, the government doesn’t like the results

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Arthur Furano voted early — five days before Election Day. And he voted often, flipping the lever six times for his favorite candidate.

Furano cast multiple votes on the instructions of a federal judge and the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a new election system crafted to help boost Hispanic representation.

Voters in Port Chester, 25 miles northeast of New York City, are electing village trustees for the first time since the federal government alleged in 2006 that the existing election system was unfair. The election ends Tuesday and results are expected late Tuesday night.

Although the village of about 30,000 residents is nearly half Hispanic, no Latino had ever been elected to any of the six trustee seats, which until now were chosen in a conventional at-large election. Most voters were white, and white candidates always won.

Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates. He rejected a government proposal to break the village into six districts, including one that took in heavily Hispanic areas.

This is completely insane.

If “nearly half” the village residents are Hispanic and let’s assume they are all citizens then their failure in elections is due to sucky candidates and apathetic Hispanic voters. End of story.

6 Responses to “One Person, One Vote…”

  1. nightfly says:

    WTF-itty-F? How does this not violate the voting rights of those who aren’t getting six votes?

    What arrogant bastards in the DoJ. And it was the town of Port Chester who suggested this nonsense?

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    ‘Fly, I can only imagine everyone in town gets 6 votes.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    But this is a perfect example of the Government confusing the result with the process.

  4. major dad says:

    Un-freaking believable. That judge needs to go.

  5. JeffS says:

    The judge must be a Democrat. From Chicago.

  6. ricki says:

    Wait, WHAT?!?! How can this be Constitutional? Someone needs to challenge this, and in a hurry, before it starts to spread.

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