Ravenwood - 06/15/10 04:00 PM
A Federal Judge in New York didn't like the outcome of recent elections, so he gave residents extra votes to make things more fair for Hispanics.
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.The underlying premise here is inherently bigoted. Robinson's reasoning is that a fair system is segregated and not integrated. Apparently only Hispanics should represent Hispanics, and using Robinson's logic Hispanics themselves are so prejudiced that they would not deign to vote for white people.
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.
Perhaps Robinson, a Bush appointee, should have recused himself from the case since he is presumably non-Hispanic and could not possibly rule in their best interests.
This post was updated to correct inaccuracies. Thanks to ParatrooperJJ for keeping us honest.
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