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Did Georgia Secretary of State Use the Ballot to Promote TSPLOST?

An anti-splost group says Secretary of State Brian Kemp has no legal authority to add promotional language to Georgia ballot. What do you think?

The Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) is in the process of launching a legal challenge to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp for using promotional language on the official state ballot to promote passage of Referendum 1.   

Referendum 1, or TSPLOST as it is commonly known, is an $18 billion transportation program funded by a sales and use increase that is subject to voter approval in the July 31, 2012 primary election.

On behalf of TLC, Atlanta attorney Pitts Carr has taken the initial action of questioning "political interference" on the upcoming ballot. TLC questions the legality of promotional language on the upcoming July 31 ballot. The anti-TSPLOST group believes it was added to encourage the passage of Referendum 1, the TSPLOST sales tax increase for road and transit projects. See the complete story on .

"The Secretary of State took responsibility for the language and the unprecedented act of modifying the ballot with no apparent legal authority," states a release press release by the group.

The language in question is specifically the words, “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”

“Whether you are for or against the proposed tax increase, we can all agree the ballot is sacred and neither the Secretary of State nor anyone else should be able to turn our ballot into political propaganda,” said Jack Staver, TLC chairman. He believes that Kemp should spring for the cost of reprinting the ballots in time for the election.

How do you feel about this issue? Should the ballots be reprinted without the alleged propaganda, or is it much ado about nothing?

J Kilgore July 05, 2012 at 03:00 AM
OOPPPS. I forgot to give you the E Mail address. Simpson2011@mindspring.com
Dorothy Stevenson July 05, 2012 at 05:09 AM
My husband and I had already decided to vote NO! Need I say more? We are sick and tired of taxes, more taxes, and MORE TAXES! It seems to be the only way goverment and politicians know to go. MORE TAXES!!
Racer X July 05, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Do you ever wonder who paid for printing all those pro-TSPLOST signs? There is a group in Atlanta promoting this tax for one REAL reason. They stand to make a hell of a lot of money from it with which they will be lining their own pockets. Brian Kemp is very experienced at using his post for his own personal gain. We pay enough taxes and it is time for the government to make do with what they have and stop wasting what money we do give them. We need to put our feet down and vote NO to this bogus tax!
Racer X July 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM
The State claims to care about our environment, promoting car pooling, lowering pollution and saving energy. So, their solution to these problems is to build bigger roads and more of them? Really? Look at the HOV lane project and how much that cost. All in the name of our environment and reducing traffic congestion. Now it is mostly reduced to a lane that strictly exists to generate revenue for the State, which is another failed idea when you make note of how few people actually use that lane. The original use for that lane was just a cover for what it has become. You want to untie Georgia? Free up that extra lane you bonehead politicians! People of Georgia, please, vote NO on the TSPLOST. Vote NO to more wasteful government!
Tea July 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
The language should be removed from the ballot. On the subject of the T-SPLOST itself, I'm voting no but not because I don;t want to pay the tax and not because I don;t like the project list. I'm voting no because building roads is a futile, ineffective way to manage regional transportation here in greater Atlanta. We need a regional development plan that will make existing transit more effective and take cars off the road.

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