Georgia secretary of state calls for end to runoff elections

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ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Wednesday called on the state’s legislature to eliminate runoff voting during its session next year after another bitter overtime election gripped the state earlier this month.

Raffensperger, a Republican, cited the added stress that conducting a runoff election puts on counties and voters as part of his reasoning.

“Whether its a four-week general election runoff or a nine-week runoff, voters do not want to deal with politics in the middle of their holidays,” Raffensperger said in a statement to The Washington Post. “And it puts significant pressure on our election officials who need to focus on certifying and auditing the election results.”

The secretary also said in a statement that Georgia is “one of the only states that always seems to have a runoff.” Georgia’s peculiar runoff system is the product of its post-segregationist election laws, which lawmakers later admitted were…

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This article was written by Matthew Brown and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com