Presentation on theme: "County Unit System Under the county unit system, the winner of the popular vote in each county received the unit votes for that county. This system gave."— Presentation transcript:
County Unit System Under the county unit system, the winner of the popular vote in each county received the unit votes for that county. This system gave each county a given number of units based on the size of the population Smaller, rural areas had more voting units per person than the large urban areas. The 1917 Neil Primary Act established a county unit system for political primaries. At this time in Georgia, the Democratic Party was the only active political party in the state. This meant that the outcome of the primary elections and the general elections were usually the same.
Eight Most Populous Counties, 1920 Fulton County232,606 Chatham County100,032 Bibb County71,304 Richmond County63,692 Muscogee County44,195 Dekalb County44,051 Floyd County39,841 Laurens County39,605 Total Unit Votes 8 X 6 votes= 48units The next 30 counties had 4 county unit votes= 120 The remaining 121 counties had 2 county unit votes=242 **The 38 largest counties had 2/3 of Georgias voters, but The other 121 counties together could decide a state election.
Look at the table below and explain what is unfair about the county unit system.
Those Who Opposed the County Unit System Mostly urban citizens County Unit System concentrated political power in the hands of rural counties even though the population growth in GA was in the cities and urban areas. It allowed people to be elected to office without a majority of the states popular vote.
Those Who were in favor of the county unit vote The County Unit System was fair because it allowed the smaller and less populated counties to have the same power and influence as the larger counties