“Lawyers’ Committee Announces Settlement of Major Voting Rights Lawsuit in North Carolina”


Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), with the law firms of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP (Cleary Gottlieb), and Patterson Harkavy LLP announced a settlement the federal voting rights lawsuit filed on behalf of African American voters in Jones County, North Carolina. Filed in February, the lawsuit alleged that the method of electing the County Board of Commissioners—the five-member body that makes critical and wide-ranging decisions impacting Jones County residents—diluted the voting strength of African-American voters, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. This case was the first case filed under the Voting Rights Act in the nation in 2017.

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