ayette County, Georgia—Today, in an important voting case, a federal court struck down, as violative of the Voting Rights Act, Fayette County’s discriminatory at-large method of electing members to the County Board of Commissioners and County Board of Education.

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.