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More than 45 Georgia counties will vote on an advisory personhood question

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May 20, 2010

ATLANTA, Georgia: On July 20, 2010, Georgia voters in more than 45 counties will be asked to answer a personhood-related ballot question. In other words, voters will be asked "when life begins." The question is similar to a Colorado statewide ballot measure - Colorado Fetal Personhood, Amendment 62 (2010) - which if approved by voters would apply the term 'person' to every human being from the beginning of biological development.[1][2] The question is supported by Georgia Right to Life.

Unlike Colorado, however, Georgia's question has no legal bearing and is intended instead as a straw poll of local county voters. According to Georgia Right to Life they plan to use poll results to convince legislators of placing a proposal on the statewide 2011 ballot. Referrals to the ballot may only be made by the Georgia Legislature.

According to reports, a Georgia election law allows local groups to approach their Democrat and Republican chairmen with a request to place "party question" on the ballot. A reported 45 Republicans and one Democrat approved and requested their local election boards to certify the question for the primary ballot.[3]

The question that will appear on the ballot reads as follows:

Do you support an amendment to the Georgia state constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death?

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