Federal Court Strikes Down Discriminatory Election Practice in Fayette County, GA

(Fayette County, Ga.)—Tuesday, a federal court struck down a discriminatory election law concerning member elections for County Board of Commissioners and the County Board of Education because it violated the Voting Rights Act. The NAACP Georgia State Conference was a plaintiff in the lawsuit.

“This is a reminder that defending voting rights is still on the frontlines,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. “We applaud the work of the NAACP Georgia State Conference and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on their work and perseverance. This is another key victory in the fight for voting rights and equal representation across the country.”

In the case, Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, et al. v. Fayette County Board of Commissioners, et al., the Court, in an 81-page opinion, found that although Black residents comprise 20 percent of Fayette County, are geographically concentrated in the County, and consistently vote together for Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates, no Black candidate has ever been elected to either of these boards in the County’s 191-year history.

In a release by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, lead counsel on the case, Edward Dubose, President of the NAACP Georgia State Conference stated, “This case is about fundamental fairness and accountability.”

“All communities in Fayette County should have the opportunity to elect candidates who are responsive to their needs. The Court’s ruling requires Fayette County to embrace that basic principle,” he added.

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