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Sumter BOC hires expert law firm » Local News » Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

AMERICUS — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now representing Mathis Wright in his civil lawsuit against the Sumter County Board of Elections and Voter Registration in U.S. District Court. And the Sumter County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Wednesday to hire a law firm specializing in litigation involving Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Wright filed his federal lawsuit earlier this year in an attempt to stop the Sumter County Board of Elections scheduled for March 18 and May 20. In the lawsuit, Wright says the school Board should not be changed from nine members to seven, and the districts should not be made to “mimic” the Sumter County Board of Commissioners’ districts nor should there be two at-large districts. Wright says the current redistricting plan, originally passed into law in 2011, is a violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. District Court Judge Louis Sands heard Wright’s request for a preliminary injunction. Wright withdrew the March injunction and later lost the May election injunction.

Wright claims that the current redistricting plan (five districts, aligned with the Sumter County Board of Commissioners plus two at-large seats) attempts to “pack black voters into two districts” and will force the result of a “white majority” in any school board elections under that configuration.

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