One Man, One Vote.
The bedrock of our republic? Notsomuch.
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.
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. [emphasis mine].
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.
Brilliant! Now when people don’t bother to show up to vote, we’ll still make sure that “they” have representation, because the government they couldn’t bother to elect still must look like them.
When do we change the motto to reflect truth in advertising?
How will it be sold to us?
“From One, Many.” Bringing Balkanization to our shores.
H/t to DPUD.