If a federal court approves, Carroll and Craig counties will be exempted from a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act.
The agreement includes both county's school districts and towns of Hillsville and New Castle.
Virginia and its political subdivisions have been subject to the 1965 Voting Rights Act's so-called pre-clearance requirements. The law requires states and localities with a history of racial discrimination in elections to obtain the Justice Department's approval of any changes in voting qualifications and election practices.
Jurisdictions can seek an exemption if they can demonstrate a 10-year record of nondiscrimination in voting-related actions.