Tinkering with election laws can be tricky. Voters are understandably sensitive to changes that feel restrictive, and Georgia must get federal approval for any tweaks.
If Secretary of State Brian Kemp gets his way, any election reforms will be deliberate.
Last month, in a column asking if it makes sense to hold runoff elections that draw as few as 5 percent of the voters, I mentioned Kemp was forming a committee to weigh election changes. After naming its members, he sat down with me to discuss some of his ideas.
First, here’s Kemp’s charge for the group: “Keep the elections secure, make them more secure, but also look at cost savings.”
And remember: Be patient.
“I think it’ll be interesting to see what the Legislature is going to tackle this year. And things they don’t, I think they’ll have a good place [Kemp’s committee] to throw things for us to look at over the next year. …
“And I’ve cautioned a lot of the legislators: Don’t make a rash decision on runoffs,” he said. “If