CHALLENGE TO AT-LARGE VOTING –
PUBLIC HEARING TONIGHT.
Mount Pleasant will hold a second Public Hearing at Town Hall on Monday, November 20 at 7:00 PM to consider a new method of electing its town council.
Five Hispanic Mount Pleasant residents brought the first-ever challenge under New York’s new Voting Rights Act (Election Law § 17-206) which I co-sponsored in the Assembly in 2022. They allege the present at-large voting system dilutes the voting strength of Hispanic voters and should be replaced.
Two experts hired by Mount Pleasant found the Town’s at-large system violates NYRA and the Town must act. The hearings are to determine what the action should be – council districts, cumulative voting, even-year elections, etc.
Community members should attend to support our fellow residents in challenging the unfair system. Any questions, call me (914-328-9000