US LAWS, STATUTES and CODES : Chan Robles Virtual Law Library USA Supreme Court Decisions | Resolutions : Chan Robles Virtual Law Library

ChanRobles™ Virtual Law Library™ |™   
Main Index Repository of Laws, Statutes and Codes Latest Philippine Supreme Court Decisions Chan Robles Virtual Law Library Latest Legal Updates Philippine Legal Resources Significant Philippine Legal Resources Worldwide Legal Resources Philippine Supreme Court Decisions United States Legal Resources United States Supreme Court Jurisprudence ChanRobles LawTube - Social Network

ChanRobles Internet Bar Review : DebtKollect Company, Inc. - Debt Collection Firm Intellectual Property Division - Chan Robles Law Firm

Philippine Supreme Court DecisionsChanRobles On-Line Bar Review

google search for chanrobles.comSearch for

FORTSON V. MORRIS, 385 U. S. 231 (1966)

Subscribe to Cases that cite 385 U. S. 231 RSS feed for this section

U.S. Supreme Court

Fortson v. Morris, 385 U.S. 231 (1966)

Fortson v. Morris

No. 800

Argued December 5, 1966

Decided December 12, 1966

385 U.S. 231


Georgia's Constitution since 1824 has provided that a majority of the state legislature shall select the Governor from the two candidates with the highest number of votes in a general election where no gubernatorial candidate received a majority vote, a situation which arose in the November 8, 1966, general election. On equal protection grounds, a three-judge District Court invalidated the provision.

Held: Georgia's provision for selecting a Governor is not invalid under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Pp. 385 U. S. 233-236.

(a) A State can permit its legislative body to elect its Governor, there being no federal constitutional provision prescribing the method a State must use to select its Governor. Gray v. Sanders, 372 U. S. 368, distinguished. Pp. 385 U. S. 233-234.

(b) The Georgia Legislature is not disqualified for malapportionment to elect a Governor, since, under Toombs v. Fortson, 384 U. S. 210, this Court held that it could function until May 1, 1968. P. 385 U. S. 235.

(c) The obligation under an oath taken by Democratic members of the legislature to support party candidates ended with the last general election, which is over. Pp. 385 U. S. 235-236.

262 F.Supp. 93, reversed. chanroblesvirtualawlibrary

Page 385 U. S. 232

ChanRobles™ LawTube

google search for Search for

Supreme Court Decisions Philippine Supreme Court DecisionsUS Supreme Court Decisions



Browse By ->> Volume


Browse By ->> Year


  Copyright © ChanRobles Publishing Company | Disclaimer | E-mail Restrictions
ChanRobles™ Virtual Law Library |™