In 1944, The United States Supreme Court ruled that the white primary was unconstitutional. This meant that blacks had the right to vote in the primary election.
Order in the Court!
Eugene Talmadge served as governor of Georgia from 1933 to 1937 and 1941 to1943. Elected to another term in 1946. He passed away before inauguaration. This created the three governors controversy.
Here Lies Eugene Talmadge
Because the constitution didn't address who would be governor if the governor elect died before he was sworn in, three people claimed to be governor. Herman Talmadge won the secret ballot of 1948, so he claimed to be governor.
I am governor! I won the election! My votes count!
Melvin Thompson argued that he should be governor because he was the lieutenant governor elect.
I am governor! Lietenant governor should be sworn in!
I am governor! I have been governor and I helped Georgia greatly!
Ellis Arnall had already been governor. His four years as governor were considered to be some of the most progressive in history.
I knew I would follow in my father's footsteps! I am governor!
Herman's secret ballot turned out being fake votes. This meant that Melvin Thompson would take office for a short year. When an actual election was held, Herman Talmadge won the election and became governor.