FIRST, state Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) nearly got gerrymandered out of his seat by this year’s legislative redistricting, which shifted its borders deep into Republican-leaning Buckhead.
Now, it appears that his reconfigured District 6 might be the most hard-fought of any in next year’s elections. Moreover, it’s a race likely to have a vastly disproportionate influence on state politics than the typical election.
Making matters even more unusual, that influence would not be based on geography or fundraising potential.
No, it’s all about numbers: The occupant of that seat, if Republican, would represent the key “supermajority” vote. A supermajority occurs when one party obtains two thirds of the votes, allowing it to put a constitutional amendment before voters without interference from the opposing party.
The 180-member Georgia House needs 120 votes to achieve a supermajority, while the 56-member Georgia Senate needs 38, Stoner said.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Marietta Daily Journal:
Posted by Migulski at 29.9.11