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Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 5:54am

Ballot Questions To Propel Debate

Updated: 2 years ago.
Democratic and Republican voters were asked separate questions in Georgia polling Tuesday. (photo The Ocean)

Georgia voters were asked several non-binding questions on their primary ballots Tuesday.

While the results have no immediate effect, they are bound to propel debate in the state legislature, where issues like charter schools, casino gambling, ethics rules and abortion are likely to heat up next year.

Democrats and Republicans were polled separately.

Here are the unofficial results on the DEMOCRATIC SIDE:

· 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?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
Yes, 248,487 - 44 percent
x-No, 319,863 - 56 percent

· Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
x-Yes, 414,704 - 72 percent
No, 158,536 - 28 percent

· Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home energy costs to support the economic security of our families?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
x-Yes, 456,038 - 80 percent
No, 116,829 - 20 percent

· Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
x-Yes, 505,282 - 87 percent
No, 74,448 - 13 percent

Here are the results on the REPUBLICAN SIDE:

· Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
Yes, 476,432 - 50 percent
No, 471,159 - 50 percent

· Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?

2,850 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
x-Yes, 816,303 - 87 percent
No, 120,035 - 13 percent

· Should active duty military personnel who are under the age of 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
x-Yes, 646,376 - 69 percent
No, 292,808 - 31 percent

· Should citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least thirty (30) days prior to such primary election?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
Yes, 433,430 - 47 percent
x-No, 496,996 - 53 percent

· 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?

2,853 of 2,855 precincts - 99 percent
x-Yes, 591,191 - 66 percent
No, 307,234 - 34 percent

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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