Saturday, June 19, 2010

Vote system that elected NY Hispanic could expand

The very definition of democracy is mob (demos) rule (kratos). What do you call it when the minority is given more influence than the majority? This is surely unprecedented in human history. But it's progressive! And of course, if you don't like one person being given six votes, that just means you're racist!

    Washington Post -

    The court-ordered election that allowed residents of one New York town to flip the lever six times for one candidate - and produced a Hispanic winner - could expand to other towns where minorities complain their voices aren't being heard.

    But first, interested parties will want to take a look at the exit surveys.

    The unusual election was imposed on Port Chester after a federal judge determined that Hispanics were being treated unfairly.

    The 2010 Census is expected to show large increases in Latino populations and lawsuits alleging discrimination are likely to increase, said Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, a nonprofit election research and reform group.

    "The country's been changing in a lot of places, with minority growth in exurbs and commuter cities, and there will be a realization that those minorities can't elect candidates of choice," Richie said.

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