Why Do Republicans Appear First On The Ballot In Georgia?

Nov 2, 2018

If you've already voted early in Georgia, you might have noticed that Republican candidates are listed first on the ballot, even in races without an incumbent.  

 

During the 2016 presidential election, Georgia’s ballots also listed Republican candidates above all others.

 

Even if you've never considered it, researchers say candidate order can still have an unconscious effect on the way we vote.

 

 


 

Data shows that the way candidates are listed on a ballot can have an impact on how some people vote, which is known as 'the Ballot Order Effect.'

 

GPB's Leah Fleming sits down with Mercer politial scientist Chris Grant to discuss ballot order and how it works in Georgia.