The Election of 1946

The Election of 1946

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  • White primaries were primary elections that were held in the south where only white voters were permitted to participate. This was a way of disenfranchising blacks. This was eventually ruled unconstitutional.
  • Eugene Talmadge
  • If you elect me for governor I will bring back the white primary!
  • On November 5th, 1946, voters rushed to the poles to vote for who they wanted to be the new governor. Eugene Talmadge won.
  • Thompson
  • Talmadge
  • Unfortunately, Eugene Talmadge died shortly after he was elected from illness. He passed before he was sworn in.
  • Talmadge's death caused a problem. Georgia was left without a governor, and the constitution did't say what to do when the governor-elect dies before being sworn in. 
  • What now?
  • We were left with all three men claiming the spot. Nobody knew what was supposed to actually happen when the governor-elect dies before being sworn in.
  • Herman Talmadge:  I should be governor because my father was elected!
  • Ellis Arnall: I will take over since I am already governor! I am not leaving until this is resolved.
  • Melvin Thompson: I should be governor because I am the lieutenant  governor-elect!
  • The courts came to the decision t follow the constitution and do what is right. Melvin Thompson was the lieutenant governor , and he had the right to take office. It was decided that Melvin Thompson would be governor!
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