NY Suburb Appealing Federal Voting-Rights Ruling

February 23, 2011 - 5:24 PM

Port Chester, N.Y. (AP) - A village outside New York City is appealing a ruling that imposed an unusual voting system for local elections.

The Port Chester board of trustees voted 4-2 Tuesday night to hire a law firm to appeal a federal judge's finding that trustee elections were unfair to Hispanics.

Last year, under the new system, residents were given six votes each to cast for any combination of candidates. One Hispanic trustee, the first in Port Chester history, was elected.

He voted against the appeal.

Village spokesman Aldo Vitagliano said Wednesday that white support for Hispanic candidates in previous elections should have been enough to satisfy the Voting Rights Act.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice, which brought the case, would not comment.