"Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election" reads the headline.
The key passage is this: Although the village of about 30,000 residents is nearly half Hispanic, no Latino had ever been elected to any of the six trustee seats, which until now were chosen in a conventional at-large election. Most voters were white, and white candidates always won.
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. He rejected a government proposal to break the village into six districts, including one that took in heavily Hispanic areas
But Randolph McLaughlin, who represented a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the goal was not merely to encourage more Hispanics to vote but "to create a system whereby the Hispanic community would be able to nominate and elect a candidate of their choice."
That could be a non-Hispanic, he acknowledged, and until exit polling is done, "it won't be known for sure whether the winners were Hispanic-preferred."
This is "outcome based" instead of "process based" thinking. If everyone has the same right to vote in the district, but NOT EVERYONE CHOOSES TO EXERCISE THAT RIGHT, then there is no problem. Ensuring the process is fair and equal is REALLY DAMN IMPORTANT because someday the boot will be on the other foot.
Of course since Obama refuses to let the DOJ prosecute the Black Panther Party for voter intimidation, it is pretty clear that you have to have dark skin to be a victim of racism.
Just for ease of math, if there are 30,000 residents, and if we assume that geographically the population is not homogeneous, then by repartitioning the town into six districts it would guarantee one seat for hispanic representation. If half the town is hispanic, and half the town isn't, and the population is uneuqally mixed by geography then there MUST be at least one distric dominated by hispanic voters, although there could be up to three of the six (if the population was clearly divided). From a purely mathematical standpoint districts seems a better outcome based solution that doesn't violate the process in place.