Georgia Law Review, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Fall 1968), pp. 110-121


Earlier in the pages of this Review the judicial application of the "one-man-one-vote" standard to local government is discussed in detail. As noted, the United States Supreme Court did not completely evolve this standard for state legislatures until June, 1964. Since that time, the state courts and the lower federal courts have been inundated with litigation raising the question of the basic applicability of the standard to local governments in this country, as well as a host of accompanying inquiries. This litigation and the courts' reactions to it were extensively traced. At the close of its term, however, the Court granted certiorari in the Texas case of Avery v. Midland County; and on April Fool's day, 1968, it rendered a decision on some of the previously unresolved questions. The Avery opinion serves to close out the lengthy chapter here traced, and the purpose now is to provide brief description and discussion of it.