Officials in Fayette County are fighting a judge's order to change their voting system. County commissioners voted unanimously Thursday evening to appeal a May 21 ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten ordering the county to adopt a district-based voting system and do away with the at-large format.
An attorney for the city of Gainesville says the city isn't worried about its at-large voting system, even after a federal judge struck down a similar model in Fayette County. But the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials isn't so sure.
A federal court has struck down Fayette County's at-large method of electing members to certain county offices, saying the method was a violation of the Voting Rights Act. In an opinion issued Tuesday, a judge ordered the county to establish an alternative to the at-large election method.
Black lawmakers, civil rights groups and several associations of educators have formed a coalition against a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools. The amendment would allow a new state body to select private operators to run taxpayer financed schools.
NAACP leaders on Monday demanded the release of a Georgia man imprisoned after killing another man on his property. They said the case of John McNeil proves that self-defense laws in the United States are not equally applied across racial lines.
Georgia NAACP leaders want to know why one of the state's biggest contracting agencies isn't utilizing as many African-American companies as it can. The civil rights group is asking the US Justice Department to investigate Georgia's Department of Transportation. The NAACP says, only 2% of GDOT's contracts go to minority firms while 14% qualified.
Savannah's NAACP is taking a different road on T-SPLOST. The Georgia NAACP chapter months ago came out strongly against the proposed penny sales tax for transportation up for a vote next week. But the group's Savannah leaders are supporting the tax. T-SPLOST on the coast would pay to remove an Savannah highway off-ramp called the MLK Flyover.
The NAACP aims to sign up thousands of student, elderly and minority voters this election season. NAACP President Ben Jealous will join faith, labor and civic leaders at Clark Atlanta University on Wednesday to launch the organization's national voter registration push.
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP is asking state lawmakers to end capital punishment. NAACP state president Edward Dubose said at a rally Monday that execution is murder. State Sen. Vincent Fort has said he will file legislation to end capital punishment.