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NAACP: Fayette elections disenfranchise blacks
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NAACP: Fayette elections disenfranchise blacks

FAYETTE CO., Ga. -- The Georgia and Fayette County NAACP have joined 11 Fayette County voters in a lawsuit against the county, alleging that its practice of at-large elections is disenfranchising black voters.

The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

According to the 2010 Census, Fayette County is nearly 73 percent white and 21 percent black. The lawsuit says no black candidate has ever been elected to the county's board of commissioners or board of education.

Supporters say Fayette's at-large election method violates the federal Voting Rights Act and creates a "wall of exclusion that guarantees that black voters . . . cannot elect their candidates of choice."

The lawsuit calls for the creation of five equally-populated election districts, giving black residents one district where they would comprise the majority of the voting-age population.

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