Fox News made it seem like the federal judge forced the community to use cumulative voting when it was the community leaders themselves that requested the use of cumulative voting. The judge simply ruled in the community's favor in the lawsuit. The Justice Department was requesting voting districts. It is probable that cumulative voting was responsible for voting in less Latinos than if districts were used. Hence the community's reason for their stance.
Cumulative voting was used to elect the Illinois state legislature from 1870 to 1980. In recent years it has been used to resolve voting rights cases for city council elections in Amarillo (TX) and Peoria (IL), for county commission elections in Chilton County (AL) and for school board elections in Sisseton (SD) and more than fifty other jurisdictions.
Fox also "educates" us by telling us that 46% of the population is hispanic. Some being non US citizens, too young to vote or unregistered. The town has a 7% African American population. Lets say it has a 47% white population (This is est. the other figues are accurate.) that would also include white people that are too young to vote or unregistered. Also the possibility of white non US citizens exists. Funny, but I'm sure Fox would never describe the white population as too young, unregistered or non US ctitzens. Also Fox never explains why Latinos have a "huge advantage in the ballot box."
Judges with a political agenda have no place on the bench.
If they are making things up to go along with their agenda and not following the constitution they should be removed.
This should go to a higher court.
It is amazing that this 1 vote equals a value of 6 for some citizens was even suggested and even more amazing that it is backed by any judge. I would never thought our country would come to such a thing.
This is what happens when liberals (not the Christian right) gains control. This runs 180 degrees contrary to our constitution. I am also amazed that Fox News calls this a matter of opinion. There is no opinion about it, this is clearly not how a representative democracy works nor how our founding fathers intended it to work.
It is how the left, once they gain control, gains more control until we eventually cease our current form of government.
(Cumulative Voting is a very poor description of what is really is, a typical left wing double speak way of giving it a name to hide reality)
It was a way to get the Hispanic candidate elected. It was assumed Hispanic voters would cast all six votes for their guy. It also assumes that no other group will do the same for a different candidate. For the record it was a black judge, appointed to the bench by George Bush, who handed down the ruling.
Until I read the cases cited in the hearing I would reserve my criticism of the judge in this case.