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54 Ga. L. Rev. 1063 (2019-2020)
Georgia's Runoff Election System Has Run Its Course

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GEORGIA'S RUNOFF ELECTION SYSTEM
HAS RUN ITS COURSE

   Graham   Paul Goldberg*

         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.
















 J.D. Candidate, 2020, University of Georgia School of Law; B.S.B.A., B.S.P.P., 2014, Georgia
Institute of Technology. I would like to thank Professor Lori Ringhand for gifting me this
Note topic. I would also like to thank Michael Ackerman, Alex Weathersby, Caroline Harvey
(my ENE partner-in-crime), Amy Elizabeth Shehan, and the Volume 54 Editorial Board for
their invaluable support throughout the editing process. And last but not least, thank you
Mom and Dad for everything.


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