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Georgia's State Legislature Ranks Worst in Uncontested Elections

Georgia's State Legislature Ranks Worst in Uncontested Elections

According to Ballotpedia, Georgia's state legislature ranks the worst in the nation in the number of general election races which will go uncontested in 2016. More than 4 in 5 state legislature races will be uncontested by the opposing party this year, courtesy of winner-take-all, single-winner districts. In addition, 77.4% of incumbents who are running this year won't face a challenger in their primary. 

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While Georgia is the worst, this is a common trend in other state legislatures across the country. Fair representation voting methods that replace winner-take-all systems would open up every state legislature race in Georgia to competition, and give voters choices they currently are lacking.

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