The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the lawsuit today on behalf of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and seven individual plaintiffs contending that the Gwinnett Board of Commissioner and the Board of Education Districts exclude minorities from electing candidates of their choice.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Dave Wickert reports that:
the lawsuit seeks new districts more favorable to minorities, as well as the elimination of the at-large county commission chairman’s job. It could affect county commission elections in November if the plaintiffs seek an immediate injunction to overturn the districts, though an attorney representing them said they have not decided to do so.
Illegal immigration advocate Jerry Gonzalez commented:
Until it’s an inclusive government, it’s a fraudulent government.
The impact on the upcoming November and future elections is unknown at this time but based on the settlement in a voting rights lawsuit in Fayette County, this story is likely to play out for a long period.