Racial bias alleged in North Carolina county’s election method


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A national civil rights organization has sued on behalf of black voters in a rural North Carolina county, alleging how officials there are elected constitutes racial discrimination.

The lawsuit Monday in federal court is among many recently filed by North Carolina black voters or their allies alleging voting rights violations.

Four Jones County residents want eliminated the at-large method by which county commissioners are elected. They say a black candidate hasn’t been elected a commissioner since 1994 although the population is one-third African American.

A federal appeals court struck down a 2013 law approved by the Republican-controlled legislature requiring photo identification to vote and reducing the number of early voting days. A judge is now weighing whether state lawmakers redrew Greensboro council districts improperly for racial and political reasons.

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