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Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Cumulative Voting

Chilton County BillboardWith a long track record of providing fair representation to communities of color, proportional voting systems have been used to settle dozens of Voting Rights Act lawsuits. Chilton County, Alabama has long been hailed as a textbook example of cumulative voting's success -- where the African American community, long shut out of power, finally won consistent victories on the County Commission.

A recent legal challenge put in doubt the future of Chilton County's cumulative voting system, but a federal appellate court recently upheld the system. This groundbreaking decision solidifies the future of proportional voting systems in Voting Rights Act settlements.

[Article on Recent Cumulative Voting Decision]
[Read about cumulative voting in Chilton County]
[Time Magazine article on Cumulative Voting]
[Alabama Cumulative Voting Info 2004]