“Port Chester voting referendum passes, cumulative voting here to stay”


Cumulative voting will be the village’s permanent electoral system after a majority of residents voted in favor of the referendum Wednesday.

The final vote tally was 746 in favor and 429 against it.

Cumulative voting, which has been in place for the last three trustee elections, is a system in which each voter has as many votes as there are positions to fill. Voters may cast as many of their votes as they wish for a single candidate.

So, for example, in the 2019 trustee election, every voter will be able to cast six votes.

The system only applies for trustee candidates.

This is the voting system that’s been in place since a federal judge came down with a ruling that said the village’s traditional voting system was discriminatory to Hispanics and African Americans.

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