Getting Close to a Runoff in the Georgia Governors Race

State law in Georgia requires a runoff election if neither candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote total. On election night, Democrat Stacey Abrams was over 45,000 votes short of triggering a runoff. Here is what has happened since then.

Those were the numbers as of Monday afternoon. Then this happened:

A federal judge on Monday ordered election officials to review thousands of provisional ballots that haven’t been counted in Georgia’s close election for governor.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg’s order calls for a hotline for voters to check if their provisional ballots were counted, a review of voter registrations, and updated reports from the state government about why many voters were required to use provisional ballots…

Her ruling applies to provisional ballots, which were issued to as many as 27,000 Georgia voters because their registration or identification couldn’t be verified.

Tuesday brought an additional ruling in another case:

That decision “required Gwinnett County officials to accept roughly 400 absentee ballots with errors or omissions in birthdates.” Here’s how Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams campaign manager, summed things up:

We found a minimum of 30,823 ballots yet to be counted, mostly concentrated in Democratic areas of Georgia. And that’s not even including the ballots submitted by members of the military or Georgia voters overseas, which could be as high as 2,684 (which is the number of requested ballots). Combined, they represent 33,507 ballots entirely ignored by the Secretary of State office.

After multiple attempts to suppress the vote by her competitor Brian Kemp, the Abrams team is fighting to make sure that every vote is counted.

By taking on this fight, they’re getting within striking distance of triggering a runoff.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works —and how to make it work better. More than fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.