Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called on the General Assembly to end the Peach State’s general election runoff after nearly 60 years of using the system.
“Georgia is one of the only states to have a general election runoff,” Raffensperger wrote in a press release Wednesday.
“We’re also one of the only states that always seems to have a runoff. I’m calling on the General Assembly to visit the general election runoff issue and look at reforms,” he said after the state’s last two Senate elections. fell into the stream.
Raffensperger said in a statement that the Georgia General Assembly will meet in January and will have several options for reforming the system if they want to proceed.
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“Nobody wants to be involved in politics in the middle of their family holiday,” the secretary of state continued. “It’s even tougher for counties that struggle to get all their deadlines, election audits and runoffs done in a four-week period.”
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Raffensperger, who recently won his own race for re-election, also talked about Georgia’s record turnout in the 2022 midterm elections and highlighted the state’s vote-by-mail system.
Georgia’s runoff was established in the 1960s after former Democratic state representative Dania Grover lost a re-election bid. The process requires that 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 push for election reform comes after the midterm Senate race between GOP candidate Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) reached a Dec. 6 runoff. The state opened early voting on Nov. 26, just days after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Warnock won the race, marking the senator’s second successful runoff in two years.