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The Voting Rights Act hits Port Chester



The Westchester municipality has been governed by a six-member board of trustees and mayor, all elected at-large rather than from districts, since 1868 -- but the U.S. Department of Justice has decreed that it must now move to district-based elections so as to elect more Hispanics, and a federal judge is sufficiently impressed with this case that he casually canceled a forthcoming town election. Visiting AEI fellow Edward Blum, who's writing a book on voting rights law, asks: what's wrong with this picture?

P.S. On the many surprising consequences of the VRA, the best single-volume source is probably still Manhattan Institute scholar Abigail Thernstrom's 1987 Whose Votes Count?

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.