Why Georgia, Why? Peach State Residents’ Perceptions of Voting-Related Improprieties and Their Impact on the 2018 Gubernatorial Election

M. V. Hood, Seth C. McKee

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Abstract

Objective: In the historic 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, which for the first time featured a black Democratic woman against a white Republican man, we assess opinions toward voting-related concerns and their impact on voters’ preferences. Methods: We surveyed political behavior with a representative sample of likely Georgia voters to gauge their perceptions of voting-related improprieties and their possible effect on vote choice. Results: Our analysis makes it clear that not only did voters divide over election-related concerns, which dominated the narrative of the gubernatorial contest, but opinions on this matter strongly influenced the choice for governor. Conclusions: Reflecting a national development, but amplified in Georgia because demographic changes and growing minority participation are increasing competition, election administration has become highly politicized and it was the focal point of the 2018 gubernatorial campaign and the principal short-term factor shaping mass voting behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1828-1847
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

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