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Voters say ‘yes’ to most ballot questions
by Everett Catts
ecatts@neighbornewspapers.com
August 02, 2012 06:33 PM | 3170 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The majority of Fulton County voters gave seven “yes” answers and two “no” ones when asked nonbinding questions on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary election.

On the Democratic and Republican ballots, voters were asked four and five nonbinding questions, respectively, about a variety of issues. According to the Secretary of State’s website, 344 of 348 Fulton precincts were reporting results.

With their votes, residents in both parties stated they were interested in ethics reform. Democrats were asked, “Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?” and 76.7 percent said “yes.” On the Republican ballot, voters were asked, “Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?” 87.6 percent said “yes.”

On the Democratic ballot, 56.4 percent of voters said “no” when 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?”

When asked, “Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?” 82.2 percent of Democrats voted “yes”

The final Democratic ballot question, “Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on made-in-Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?” received 86.8 “yes” votes.

There were four other questions on the Republican ballot.

52.9 percent of voters said “yes” when asked, “Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?”

Second, when asked, “Should active-duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?” 64.6 percent said “yes.”

Third, 56.9 percent of voters said “no” when asked, “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 were 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?” 52.2 percent said “yes.”

Information: visit www.sos.state.ga.us.
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