Granville CountyActivists within Granville County have already tried to implement limited voting for County Board of Commissioner elections. The County as a whole is 34.8% African American and has only one African American commissioner. Until 1987 commissioners were elected at large from the county as a whole, with the result that the minority vote was diluted and African Americans were unable to get elected. A challenge was brought under the Voting Rights Act. Since the African American community in Granville County is not concentrated in a way that would allow more than one black majority district to be formed, the district court ordered that the county implement a limited voting system so that African Americans were ensured representation. The Fourth Circuit Court, however, overturned this decision, concluding that single member districts would provide sufficient representation, in spite of the fact that this would leave large numbers of black voters with no hope of being able to elect a black candidate. In consequence, the Board of Commissioners has only one African American member, when it would need two to reflect the countyís ethnic makeup. The commissioners are now elected from each of seven districts in staggered elections to serve four-year terms. The County School Board consists of seven members who are elected from seven districts in staggered elections to serve six-year terms. Granville County contains no large cities. The largest town, Oxford, has a population of 6,178 people. Their Board of Commissioners consists of seven members who are elected at large in staggered elections to serve four-year terms. Butner is the only other town with a population over 4,000. It has a seven member Advisory Board whose members are elected at large in non-staggered elections to four-year terms.