I am Eugene Talmadge. In 1946, I ran for GA governor for the 4th time. I ran with the promise of restoring the white primary. In the court case King v. Chapman, the white primary was declared unconstitutional by the Federal District. I DISAGREE!
Ellis Arnall, the Governor at the time, supported the decision! He also ended the poll tax.
I won the governor's election against Carmichael, but died before I could be sworn in. My Lt. Governor elective was Melvin Thompson. Now, me and my followers had the idea that I was likely to die before I could be sworn in (I was not the healthiest chap, and I was very sick at the time), so we secretly wrote-in my son, Herman Talmadge. My death is what caused the 3 Governors Controversy. The 1946 Governor's Race.
I had the most write in votes (though some were fake) and the General Assembly selected me!
The G.A. Constitution did not have a plan for who would be Governor if the elect died. Herman, Thompson, and Arnall all believed that they had rights to the Governor's seat...
I am the Lt. Governor elect... In other circumstances, I would take over...
I am the Governor at the moment. I am not leaving until G.A. figures this out.
At first, Herman was going to be the Governor...
The write in votes worked, AND the General Assembly l-o-v-e-s me!
BUT THEN a nosy newspaper writer got suspicious and decided to investigate Herman's win. You see, he would have lost, but the General Assembly had a 2 hour recess. After the recess, they had "found" missing votes. These votes included votes from deceased people and people that did not exist yet. They were also in alphabetical order.
That doesn't seem right... To the Supreme Court!
The "votes" allowed me to win! Success!
Sadly, Herman was mistaken. The Supreme Court decided to make Melvin Thompson the governor because he was the Lt. Governor elect.