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The NAACP files suit against Fayette County

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The NAACP filed suit against Fayette County today, alleging that the county’s method of electing members to the County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education violates the federal Voting Rights Act.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and attorney Wayne Kendall filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the Georgia State Conference NAACP, Fayette County NAACP and black voters of Fayette County.

Ryan Haygood, director of LDF’s Political Participation Group, called Fayette’s at-large election method “a structural wall of exclusion that guarantees that black voters, in spite of having tried in election after election, cannot elect their candidates of choice. ”

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