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Ballot contains questions on myriad of issues
by Everett Catts
July 25, 2012 05:34 PM | 2594 views | 1 1 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While the T-SPLOST vote is the issue garnering the most attention in Tuesday’s primary election, there is one other referendum and nine questions on the Fulton County ballot not to be ignored.

In unincorporated south Fulton County, voters will decide on Sunday alcohol sales by answering the following ballot question: “Shall the governing authority of Fulton County, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sunday between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?”

Also on the Democratic and Republican ballots, voters will be asked four and five nonbinding questions, respectively, about a variety of issues.

On the Democratic ballot, voters will be asked, “Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?” Some school systems’ charter schools have been scrutinized by the state for a lack of oversight by its school board.

Another question posed to Democratic voters is, “Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?” There is a similar question on the Republican ballot: “Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?”

Ethics reform has been a hot topic in the state over the past two years following reports of lawmakers being treated to expensive meals and trips by lobbyists.

Also on the Democratic ballot is the following question: “Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?”

The final Democratic ballot question is, “Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on made-in-Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?”

There are four other questions on the Republican ballot.

First, voters will be asked, “Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?” The topic has come up in part because funding for the HOPE scholarship has decreased in recent years due to the economy and other factors.

Second, they will be asked, “Should active-duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?”

Third, “Should citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least 30 days prior to such primary election?”

Lastly, Republicans will be asked, “Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function or condition of dependency?” This question has to do with when abortions could be deemed legal or illegal based on the progress in a woman’s pregnancy.

Information: to view a sample ballot, visit

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