PORT CHESTER, NY: Port Chester has 30,000 residents and nearly half are Hispanics. The village is run by six elected trustees, none of whom have been Hispanic. The Federal court says that the dim-witted people in this village should have elected an Hispanic to the village trustees by now and since they haven’t, federal judge Stephen Robinson has torn up the traditional one man, one vote system that our country has used since its founding and directed that each citizen vote up to six times beginning as early as five days before the election day.
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…
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. Jim Fitzgerald, AP
Some voters have given all their votes to one candidate in the hopes to help stack the deck, presumably much to the satisfaction of Judge Robinson. The election is now going on and final results aren’t in yet. This election scheme could be the one that finally puts Alfred E. Neuman into office.
What if the newly rigged system fails to elect a Hispanic? We here at the NIP certainly hope that Judge Robinson will throw out the election and just go up to Port Chester and pick the trustees he wants. That’s how they do it in Iran, Venezuela and other more modern countries.