A friend mentioned this story of a New York City suburb that gave residents six votes in a Port Chester election. Odd, but apparently true.
Yes, voters could give all six votes to one candidate. And that’s exactly what some did.
Resident Arthur Furano flipped the lever six times for his favorite candidate, according to the Associated Press.
It’s the first election for village trustees since since 2006, when the federal government alleged the existing election system discriminated against Hispanics. No Latino had ever been elected to any of the six trustee seats despite the village being nearly half Latino.
Federal Judge Stephen Robinson said that violated the Voting Rights Act, and he approved a remedy suggested by village officials: a system called cumulative voting, in which residents get six votes each to apportion as they wish among the candidates, according to the Associated Press.
Even Furano admitted it was strange.
"I'm not sure I liked it,” he said. “All my life, I've heard, 'one man, one vote.'"