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Election Aftermath: Georgia Referendum 1

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August 1, 2012

Portal:Ballot Measures

By Eric Veram

ATLANTA, Georgia: Although results are still out from six of Georgia's 159 counties, the fate of Referendum 1 is secure in all 12 of the special tax districts that voted on it. The tax districts were created by Georgia House Bill 277 and were each required to create lists of potential transportation projects. Though the entire state voted on the measure on July 31, the results in each region affect only that region. The measure was defeated in nine of the districts and approved in three, which means these three regions will see a one percent increase in sales tax within their borders in order to fund transportation projects drafted during the previous two years. In most races the referendum was either approved or defeated by a large margin, however, the Heart of Georgia Altamaha region saw a narrow approval of the measure with 51.70% of the vote.

See below for a breakdown of the vote by region:

Georgia
Northwest Georgia, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No88,09967.79%
Yes 41,856 32.21%
Georgia Mountains, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No83,92874.97%
Yes 28,025 25.03%
Atlanta Regional, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No418,42362.43%
Yes 251,778 37.57%
Three Rivers, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No57,01369.28%
Yes 25,275 30.72%
Northeast Georgia, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No65,88064.70%
Yes 35,948 35.30%
Middle Georgia, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No45,28856.15%
Yes 35,372 43.85%
Central Savannah River Area, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 49,336 53.68%
No42,58046.32%
River Valley, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 30,059 54.23%
No25,37145.77%
Heart of Georgia Altamaha, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 28,527 51.70%
No26,64648.30%
Southwest Georgia, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No37,05456.61%
Yes 28,402 43.39%
Southern Georgia, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No38,51457.87%
Yes 28,040 42.13%
Coastal Georgia, Referendum 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No53,75857.52%
Yes 39,698 42.48%

153 of 159 Counties Reporting


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