Social Science Quarterly (University of Texas Press). Mar92, Vol. 73 Issue 1, p194-201. 8p. 3 Charts.
LOCAL elections, VOTING, POLITICAL participation, MINORITIES, POLITICAL campaigns, and PRACTICAL politics
This article presents information on the cumulative voting system used in local elections of the U.S. In recent years several U.S. cities and special district governments have implemented new voting systems which are designed to enhance the electoral power of minority groups. A study of one of these new systems-cumulative voting-concluded that this system was highly effective and showed that voters have little trouble understanding new procedures, but that study also found many voters to be hostile to the new system, and this was especially the case with Anglo voters. Because its effectiveness is not dependent on a high degree of residential segregation, cumulative voting is particularly appropriate for those situations where minorities are fairly evenly dispersed throughout the community. Using the cumulative vote procedure, each voter is allocated a number of votes equal to the number of seats to be tilled at any particular election. Voters may aggregate or cumulate their votes and cast them in any combination of preference.