Council votes to do away with cumulative voting

Guin City Councilman Roger Agnew (left) looks on as councilman Bobby Bellew announces the spring cleanup day for Guin at the Monday, March 18 council meeting. Bellew said the cleanup day will be held on April 27.

GUIN - The Guin City Council voted to do away with cumulative voting as the method of electing council members at the council’s Monday, March 18, meeting.
Cumulative voting is a form of voting that allows each voter to cast multiple votes for one candidate. The method allows for a low population of racial minorities in a certain district the chance to gain representation on a governmental board or council.  
According to 2010 Census data, Guin has a population of 86.9 percent white and 10.9 percent black. Cumulative voting was forced on certain municipalities after lawsuits brought about by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


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