The Nov. 6 midterms, and the prolonged vote count afterward, tested Georgian’s trust in how the state’s elections are administered. Multiple lawsuits were filed, and Democrats and Republicans, without evidence, accused each other of trying to steal the election. Now, less than two weeks after the statewide results were certified, voters will pick a new Secretary of State, Georgia’s top election official. Neither Republican Brad Raffensperger nor Democrat John Barrow could secure a majority of votes in the Nov. 6 general election, pushing their race to a runoff on Tuesday. The winner of the runoff will replace interim Secretary of State, Robyn Crittenden, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal when former Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp resigned.
Kemp had just declared himself governor-elect. He defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by about 55,000 votes, or 1.4 percent.
Georgia’s next Secretary of State faces the task of restoring trust in the state’s elections and they’ll be tested almost immediately. The first two years of the upcoming four year term may be the most significant for any Secretary of State in at least the previous decade.
The state is likely to switch to new voting machines. Georgia’s top election official will oversee the implementation.