Reducing Down to 45%

Pay attention legislators. Read this comment from Gabriel Sterling in this thread.

If it had not been for the 50% rule, we would never have had Senator Paul Coverdell, PSC members Robert B. “Bobby” Baker, Jr. and Chuck Eaton.

In the State House Billy McKinney would have remained instead of being defeated by John Noel. For the Dems, Roger Bruce would have lost to Horace Bond and Billy Mitchell would have lost handily to Gloria Gaines. For the Republicans John Heard would have lost by 14 points to Jeff Williams.

In Congress, we would still have Cynthia McKinney representing Georgia and the most personally important to me is we would never have had Congressman Charlie Norwood.

Needless to say, I think the state, for the most part, has benefited from our 50% rule for elections.


  1. Paul Shuford says:

    Reducing down to 45% also severely affects the impact 3rd parties have on elections in this State, which I think is the real reason it’s being considered. If you don’t have to worry about the 3% to 5% pulled by a 3rd party, then you don’t have to cater to the issues raised by that third party.

  2. Decaturguy says:

    I agree with the above sentiments. Reducing down to 45% is akin to Senator Douglas’ attempts to create 4 year terms. It is all about incresing power for entrenced politicians. Nothing more, nothing less.

  3. MountainThinker says:

    Hey Guys/Gals,
    I think we need a unifying slogan on this issue. How about:

    Plurality: It’s of the Devil!

    I always like the thought of being misrepresented by someone that a majority of the voters have not supported or voiced confidence in…

  4. hankreardan says:

    I know the Libertarian party would like to see it stay the way it is.We could live with a change if they would give us better ballot access. Georgia is one of hardest states in the nation when it comes to third parties. We have never ran someone for US House because how hard it is to get on the ballot.Realize the Republicans AND democrats have been at fault on this. They have limited your freedom of voting by limiting your choices.

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