Brad Raffensperger, state secretary of the Republican Party of Georgia, urged the General Assembly to end general election effluent in the Peach State after approximately 60 years of system use.
“Georgia is one of the only states in the country with a general election runoff,” Raffensperger wrote in a press release Wednesday.
“We’re also one of the few states that always seems to have a runoff. I urge the General Assembly to consider the issue of the general election runoff and consider reforms,” he said after the last two state Senate elections. got into the drain.
Raffensperger noted in his statement General Assembly of Georgia will meet in January and have several options for reforming the system if they want to proceed.
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“No one wants to engage in politics in the middle of a family vacation,” the state secretary continued. “It’s even more difficult for counties that have had a hard time meeting all their deadlines, verifying elections and holding a runoff within four weeks.”
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Raffensperger, who recently won his re-election race, also mentioned Georgia’s record turnout in the 2022 midterm elections and touted the state’s vote-by-mail system.
The drains of Georgia originated in the 1960s former Democratic Rep. Dania Grover after losing her re-election race. The process stipulates that in order for a candidate to win the Georgia general election, they must receive 50% or more of the popular vote, or the race will go to a runoff.
The drive to reform the electoral system emerged after the midterm race for the Senate Nominee from the Republican Party Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock, R-Ga., led to a Dec. 6 runoff. Early voting in the state began on November 26, a few days after the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Warnock was eventually declared the winner of the race, making it the second successful run-off senator in just two years.