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It sounds good to cite the 1,587 offices held by blacks in
the South, but we have to note that there are more than 79,000
public offices in the South and the seats held by blacks represent
less than 2 percent of the total.

Blacks hold a majority of seats in the county governments
of only six of the South's 101 counties with a majority-black
population.

There are 362 majority black towns and cities in the South
which have not yet elected even the first black public official. /p4

While overt forms of intimidation and abuse have declined,
the VEP experience has been that many registration officials

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