Port Chester Election Blocked in Voting Rights Case

Saturday, March 03, 2007

A federal judge in Westchester County has blocked the March 20th election for two trustee seats in Port Chester. U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson ruled Friday that the at-large system used to elect the six trustees who govern the village violates the Voting Rights Act by diluting the Hispanic vote. No Latino has ever been elected to village office.

Federal attorneys want Port Chester to move to a system of district elections, so that at least one ward would have an Hispanic majority. Liz Sadler, a reporter with the Journal-News in Harrison, spoke with WNYC's Brian Zumhagen about the case.

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