U.S. District Court Rejects Gwinnett County Officials’ Efforts To Block Major Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit
For Immediate Release May 15, 2017
Court Recognizes Claim Brought by African-American, Latino, and Asian-American Voters in Georgia’s Most Diverse County
Washington, D.C., May 15, 2017 – A federal district court judge in Georgia agreed that a coalition of plaintiffs representing minority communities has the right to claim the method of electing local officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia denies them from participating equally in electing local officials.
In her opinion in Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. Gwinnett County Board of Registrations and Elections, Judge Amy Totenberg rejected the County’s argument that claims under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act are limited to members of a single minority group. Judge Totenberg noted that the Eleventh Circuit and other courts have held that coalition claims are permissible so long as the racial groups are politically cohesive. The decision was issued on Friday.