County Problems
Forsyth, Guilford and Rockingham Counties
Rockingham, Guilford and Forsyth counties are three neighboring counties that offer an excellent location to hold a workshop. Not only are there numerous universities and progressive thinkers in the cities of Winston-Salem and Greensboro, but there are also many local governments in this area which do not provide sufficient representation to their ethnic and racial minority communities.

Rockingham County
Guilford County
Forsyth County

The Wilmington Area
A number of counties in this vicinity ñ New Hanover, Pender and Onslow ñ lack adequate ethnic and racial minority representation. Pender is the only one of these counties where under-representation at county commissioner level appears indisputable; it could be argued that the black populations in New Hanover and Pender are not large enough to merit county representatives. However, all three counties use similar at large methods of election for all county, school board and many city races, leading to similar problems and distortions within legislatures.

Pender and Onslow counties are both extremely rural. Both also have low median incomes. New Hanover is more developed. Wilmington is the largest city within the region, and would thus appear to be the best place to visit, although it itself has reasonable representation of ethnic minorities on the City Council. Wilmington is the site of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

New Hanover County
Pender County
Onslow County

Nash, Johnston, Granville and Pitt
Another cluster of Counties that merits our attention is Nash, Granville, Pitt and Johnston. All have problems with minority representation to some degree. There are some considerable drawbacks to holding workshops in these counties, however. The counties are geographically dispersed, and all are very rural. Consequently, it might be hard to draw in a large enough audience to make a trip there worthwhile. Within the counties, there is no single obvious urban center.

Nash County
Pitt County
Johnston County
Granville County

Cumberland and Robeson Counties
Cumberland and Robeson counties probably offer the least convincing case of areas discussed. On a town level, there is some evidence of discriminatory voting systems in Cumberland. However, both the Board of County Commissioners and the School Board seem to represent all ethnic groups adequately. Robeson presents a slightly different set of issues. In addition to a black population, there is also a sizeable Native American presence within the county. Like Cumberland, there is no glaring evidence of current discrimination on a countywide level, although it is possible certain smaller communities would benefit from workshops. The largest city in the area, Fayetteville, has a university (Fayetteville State), and could be used as base.

Cumberland County
Robeson County

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A better election system
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October 16th 2009
Haven't Detroit voters spoken enough?
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In Detroit, there have been three mayors in the past two years and the current one has come under scrutiny. Perhaps a system like instant runoff voting will help bring political stability to motor city.

August 21st 2009
Black candidate for Euclid school board to test new voting system
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Limited voting, a form of proportional voting, will be used in Euclid (OH), in the hopes of allowing better representation of minorities.

July 2nd 2009
Reforming Albany
New York Times

FairVote's Rob Richie responds in a letter to the editor making the case for proportional voting systems to bring substantive reform to New York's legislature.