Expert presents options for new Port Chester voting system

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PORT CHESTER -

An expert presented some options Tuesday night for a new voting system in Port Chester following discrimination allegations against Hispanic voters.

The village was forced to change to a cumulative voting system after a resident sued in 2001, claiming the current system discriminated against Hispanic voters. A federal judge agreed and ordered the new system, which gives voters six votes each to either use on one candidate or spread among several.

Residents at the meeting said they want the process to be transparent.

Port Chester has to choose a new electoral system before its next village election in March 2019, when all six Board of Trustees and mayoral seats will be open.

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