Judge forces voting change to elect minorites -coming to a district near you?

June 19, 2010 09:06

It what may be the greatest violation of the constitution yet by a judge, voting rules were changed to allow voters to cast all their votes for one candidate to insure election of an Hispanic. This sets a dangerous precedent if it allowed to stand. Is every minority guaranteed a representative of their particular race or ethnicity?

By JIM FITZGERALD The Washington Post

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — The court-ordered election that allowed residents of one New York town to flip the lever six times for one candidate – and produced a Hispanic winner – could expand to other towns where minorities complain their voices aren’t being heard.

But first, interested parties will want to take a look at the exit surveys.

The unusual election was imposed on Port Chester after a federal judge determined that Hispanics were being treated unfairly.

The 2010 Census is expected to show large increases in Latino populations and lawsuits alleging discrimination are likely to increase, said Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, a nonprofit election research and reform group.

“The country’s been changing in a lot of places, with minority growth in exurbs and commuter cities, and there will be a realization that those minorities can’t elect candidates of choice,” Richie said.


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