Residents Get 6 Votes Each in Suburban N.Y. Election

June 15, 2010 - 5:49 AM
An unusual election in a New York City suburb is allowing residents to vote early and often.
Port Chester, N.Y. (AP) - An unusual election in a New York City suburb is allowing residents to vote early and often.
 
Port Chester is electing village trustees for the first time since 2006, when the federal government alleged the existing election system discriminated against Hispanics.
 
The court-ordered remedy was a system called cumulative voting. The system allows residents six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates. They can give all six to one candidate or spread them around.
 
Voters also could go to polling places on any of six days over the past week. The election wraps up Tuesday.
 
An extensive education effort seems to have worked. Voters say they found the balloting strange but not difficult.