Georgia state law dictates that if no candidate receives a majority of votes, the top two candidates enter into a runoff election. According to NBC News, such a runoff would take place on December 4.
The narrow margin of Georgia’s gubernatorial election results brings attention to the multiple allegations of voter suppression that have been made throughout the race. Republican candidate Brian Kemp currently serves as Georgia’s Secretary of State, and some have criticized his defense of a voting law known as “exact match.”
The New York Times reports that under “exact match” law, new voter registration information is checked against “the Social Security Administration database or a database maintained by the state Department of Driver Services.” If the information isn’t an exact match, the registration is moved into a “pending” status.