BEAUFORT, S.C. — The NAACP is renewing its efforts to create single-member districts on Beaufort City Council where there has not been a black member in more than 20 years.
The Beaufort Gazette reports the civil rights group will begin collecting petition signatures this month to get a referendum on the ballot next year.
Currently the council’s four members and the mayor are elected at-large.
NAACP local branch president Ken Fields says the current system is unfair.
Mayor Billy Keyserling has no problem with the group pushing for change.
But Keyserling says the lack of a black council member is not because of at-large elections, but more likely because of a lack of participation by blacks on boards and neighborhood associations that often leads to council election.
Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com