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Publication Date

2020

Abstract

Georgia requires candidates to earn a majority of
votes in their party’s primary to win elected office. The
majority-vote requirement—passed by the General
Assembly in 1964—is stained by racially-fraught
politics of the era, and even its alleged “good
government” goals are now antiquated. This Note
explores the history of Georgia’s majority-vote
requirement, examines two legal challenges to the law,
and analyzes its flaws and virtues. Finally, this Note
demonstrates that more appealing alternatives to the
majority-vote requirement exist and recommends that
Georgia replace its current runoff election system with
either ranked choice voting or a forty-percent
threshold-vote requirement.

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