Port Chester Voting Rights Case Ends Not with a Bang But a Whimper

The Second Circuit has held that Port Chester waived its appeal.  Via email I received this statement from Mike Carvin, an attorney for the village:

Statement from Michael A. Carvin, Jones Day
Counsel for Village of Port Chester

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an order granting the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss the Village of Port Chester’s appeal.  Port Chester sought to appeal the District Court’s finding that Port Chester’s at-large voting system for electing its Board of Trustees violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.  In a two-sentence decision, the Second Circuit held that Port Chester had waived its right to appeal.

We obviously disagree with this ruling and are disappointed with this result.  We will be consulting with the Board of Trustees concerning this decision.

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