On July 20, a study of voting in Port Chester, New York’s recent local election was released. Port Chester used cumulative voting for Village Trustee. Voters were each given six votes, and they were free to distribute their votes as they wished. A voter could give one vote to each of six candidates, or all six votes to one candidate, or any variant in-between. The study shows that 34% of the voters gave all six votes to one candidate. See this story.
Port Chester used cumulative voting for its Village Trustee election because it had been sued under the Voting Rights Act to stop using ordinary at-large elections. Even though Port Chester had a large Hispanic population, no Hispanic had ever before been elected to a Village Trustee slot. One was elected in the recent election, however. The election was also helpful to minor party and independent candidates. One independent candidate was elected, placing first; and one Conservative Party nominee (who was not the nominee of any other party) was also elected. Thanks to Gene Berkman for the link.