Guilford County
The members of the Guilford County School Board do not reflect the ethnic make-up of the community. The school board is made up of eleven members, all of whom hold non-partisan positions and are elected in staggered elections for four-year terms. Nine members are elected from specific districts while two are elected at large from the county as a whole. Out of the eleven members only one is African American, while African Americans make up 27% of the county population. To bring the School Board into line with the countyís ethnic makeup, there should be two more African American school board members.

The city of Greensboro within Guilford County has no significant representation problems. The nine-member city council has three African American members while the African American population makes up 35.2% of the city as a whole. The city Council members are elected to two-year terms. Four council members are elected from the county at large and the remaining five are elected from districts.

In contrast to Rockingham, Greensboro would seem to present an excellent venue for a workshop, because there are five colleges and universities located in the area.  
Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
A better election system
Lowell Sun

Election expert Doug Amy explains how choice voting can "inject new blood" into the elections of Lowell (MA), and give voters a greater incentive to participate.

October 16th 2009
Haven't Detroit voters spoken enough?
Livingston Daily

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
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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.