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Ad Valorem Taxation of Property
Referendum 1
Election:
General

2014

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 73.6% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
To amend Chapter 5 of Title 48 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to ad
valorem taxation of property, so as to provide for an ad valorem tax exemption for private interests in property of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia that is operated by a private party; to provide that such arrangements shall not constitute special franchises; to provide for a state-wide referendum; to provide for an effective date; to provide for automatic repeal under certain circumstances; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

 

Ad Valorem Taxation Reform Regarding Persons with Mental Disabilities and Disabled Veterans Amendment
Amendment
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 76.9%)

Topic Areas:
Health | Military & Veterans Affairs | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
All 501(c)(3) nonprofit homes for the mentally disabled and for qualified disabled veterans are exempt from ad valorem taxation.

 

Adds $10 Tag Fee on Private Passenger Vehicles to Fund Statewide Trauma Expansion
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 47.4%)

Topic Areas:
Health | Tax & Revenue | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal provides for a $10.00 trauma charge to be
imposed annually on each motor vehicle designed to carry ten or fewer persons that is used for the transportation of persons, including pickup trucks, motorcycles, sport utility vehicles, and passenger vans. The trauma charge would be collected together with license tag and registration fees. The proceeds of the trauma charge would be placed in a trauma trust fund and used for trauma care purposes specified by law. Proceeds would not have to be placed in the general fund of the state treasury but would instead be placed in the trust fund; and any amounts in the trust fund not expended at the end of a fiscal year would not lapse to the general fund but would rather remain in the trust fund.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Agricultural Product Fees
Constitutional Amendment 4
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 39.6%)

Topic Areas:
Agriculture

Summary: Click for Summary
Allows agricultural processing industries to impose a fee on members of the industry for promotional purposes

 

Allow the State to Save Taxpayer Funds through Multi-Year Real Estate Rental Agreements
Amendment 2
Election:
General

2012

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 63.8% (unofficial))

Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the State Properties Commission, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and the Georgia Department of Labor to enter into rental agreements for the possession and use of real property without obligating present funds for the full amount of obligation the state may bear under the full term of any such rental agreement. Any such agreement shall provide for the termination of the agreement in the event of insufficient funds.

The General Assembly has enacted a law to exercise the authority granted by the proposed constitutional amendment to provide for multiyear rental agreements for real property. This law will become effective only if the constitutional amendment is ratified by the voters. This law is published at Georgia Laws 2012, p. 989, and was enacted by 2012 SB 37, Act No. 717.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Allowing a School District Sales Tax Referendum Amendment
Amendment Question 1
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 71.2%)

Topic Areas:
Budgets | Business & Commerce | Education: PreK-12 | Local Government | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Allows a school district or multiple districts with a majority of students within a county to call for a sales tax referendum.

 

Allows Competitive Contracts to Be Enforced in Georgia Courts
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 67.6%)

Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal provides an exception to the current constitutional provision which prohibits the General Assembly from authorizing any contract or agreement which may have the effect of or which is intended to have the effect of defeating or lessening competition. Under the proposal, the General Assembly would be empowered to authorize and provide by general law for judicial enforcement of contracts or agreements restricting or regulating competitive activities between or among: (a) employers and employees; (b) distributors and manufacturers; (c) lessors and lessees; (d) partnerships and partners; (e) franchisors and franchisees; (f) sellers and purchasers of a business or commercial enterprise; or (g) two or more employers. This would include legislative authority to grant to courts by general law the power to “blue-pencil” or limit the duration, geographic area, and scope of prohibited activities provided in a contract or agreement restricting or regulating competitive activities in order to render such contract or agreement reasonable under the circumstances for which it was made.

The General Assembly has enacted a law to exercise the
authority granted by the proposed constitutional amendment. This law will become effective only if the constitutional amendment is ratified by the voters. This law is published at Georgia Laws 2009, p. 231, and was enacted by 2009 House Bill 173, Act No. 64. Examples of contracts which would be authorized by the law include, but are not limited to: (1) an agreement by an employee to refrain from competing with the employer after termination of employment; and (2) an agreement by a seller not to compete with the seller’s customer or solicit business from customers of the seller’s customer.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Allows Owners of Industrial-Zoned Property to Choose to Remove the Industrial Designation from their Property
Constitutional Amendment 5
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 63.5%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce

Summary: Click for Summary
The proposal amends the provisions of the Constitution relating to industrial areas which exist in only two counties in the state. Under the Georgia Constitution in effect prior to 1983 it was possible to have “local constitutional amendments” which affected only certain areas in the state. Under this procedure local constitutional amendments were ratified in 1950 and 1956 creating industrial areas in Chatham County. Ga. Laws 1950, p. 444, and Ga. Laws 1956, p. 352. Under these constitutional amendments property in the industrial areas could never be annexed to any city, but any city could provide certain services and levy certain taxes in such areas. Under the local constitutional amendment procedure, the governing authorities of Jeff Davis County and its political subdivisions were also authorized to have a different type of industrial area in which they could exempt new industries from property taxes for a certain period of time. Ga. Laws 1963, p. 674.

Under the current Georgia Constitution which took effect in 1983, new local constitutional amendments were prohibited, but certain prior local constitutional amendments, including those creating industrial areas, were continued in effect. Any modification in such industrial areas must now be carried out through a state-wide constitutional amendment.

The current proposal would modify the conditions under which an owner of property in an industrial area may choose to remove the property from the industrial area. By a general constitutional amendment ratified in 1996 a property owner was authorized to remove the property, but only if the property was located on an island. Ga. Laws 1996, p. 1667. The current proposed amendment would remove the island limitation, so that any owner of property in an industrial area could choose to remove the property from the industrial area. Further, upon the filing of a removal certificate, the property shall be irrevocably annexed into the city which provides water services, or if none, then into the city that provides fire services.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Allows the State to Execute Multiyear Contracts for Long-Term Transportation Projects
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 49.9%)

Topic Areas:
State Government | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal provides an exception to the general rule that prohibits a state agency from entering into contracts with private vendors that obligate payments beyond the funds available to the agency within its fiscal year. It would allow the General Assembly by statute to let the Department of Transportation enter into construction agreements without obligating present funds for the full amount of the obligation. Any such agreement would provide for the termination of the agreement in the event of insufficiency of funds and would limit the payments to not more than ten fiscal years.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Allows the State to Execute Multiyear Contracts for Projects to Improve Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Constitutional Amendment 4
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 60.8%)

Topic Areas:
Energy & Electric Utilities | State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal provides an exception to the general rule that prohibits a state agency from entering into contracts with private vendors that obligate payments beyond the funds available to the agency within the fiscal year. It would permit the General Assembly to authorize by general law state governmental entities to incur debt for the purpose of entering into contracts extending for not
more than ten years for governmental energy efficiency or conservation improvement projects in which payments are guaranteed over the term of the contract by vendors based on the realization of specified savings or revenue gains attributable solely to the improvements.

The General Assembly has enacted a law to exercise the authority granted by the proposed constitutional amendment. This law will become effective only if the constitutional amendment is ratified by the voters. This law is published at Georgia Laws 2010, p. 1091, and was enacted by 2010 Senate Bill 194, Act No. 669.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Alterations and Commercial Additions to State Forest Land Conservation Policies Amendment
Amendment
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 62.2%)

Topic Areas:
Agriculture | Business & Commerce | Environmental Protection | Land Use/Property Rights | Local Government | Natural Resources | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Concerns the calculation of the forest land conservation use property. This type of classification was created to encourage conservation. The classification also created grants that would offset some of the costs to local government. One part of this measure allows the legislature to use 5 percent of the grants that are part of the program to program administration. Second, the measure creates an additional classification, timberland property, which are areas used for commercial timber harvesting and production. The legislature may create an ad valorem taxation assessment for this timberland property.

 

Amend the constitution to allow the General Assembly to provide a program of compensation for law enforcement officers and firemen who become physically disabled as the result of an injury incurred in the line of duty
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 82%)

Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to provide for a program of compensation for injuries incurred by law enforcement officers and firemen who become physically disabled but not permanently disabled in the line of duty. Monthly compensation from the state in an amount equal to such person’s regular compensation is authorized for the period of time that the law enforcement officer or fireman is physically unable to perform the duties of employment for a period up to a total of 12 months. Satisfactory evidence of disability shall be required and such benefits shall be subordinate to workers’ compensation benefits, disability, and other compensation benefits awarded from an employer and shall be limited to the difference between the benefits actually paid by the employer and the amount of the person’s regular compensation. Any law enforcement officer or fireman who receives payments under the state indemnification program for permanent disability is excluded from this compensation program. Georgia Laws 2000, p. 283 enacts certain exceptions and limitations and implements the program effective upon the ratification of the amendment.

 

Amend the constitution to allow the General Assembly to provide by law for a program of indemnification with respect to the death or permanent disability of any state highway employee killed or disabled in the line of duty
Constitutional Amendment 5
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 70%)

Topic Areas:
Labor & Employment | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to create a program of indemnification with respect to the death or permanent disability of any state highway employee who is or at any time in the past was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Funds shall be appropriated as necessary for payment of such indemnification and for the purchase of insurance. Legislation is necessary to implement the proposal.

 

Amend the constitution to authorize the General Assembly to provide by law for indemnification with respect to public school teachers, administrators and employees who are killed or permanently disabled by an act of violence in the line of duty
Constitutional Amendment 4
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 75%)

Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | Labor & Employment | Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to enact an indemnification program for public school teachers, administrators, and employees who are killed or permanently disabled by an act of violence in the line of duty and to establish a non-lapsing fund for such purposes with revenue from special and distinctive motor vehicle license plates honoring state educators. Georgia Laws 2000, p. 768 creates the Georgia Public School Personnel Indemnification Fund and provides for its administration effective upon the ratification of the amendment.

 

Amend the constitution to increase from five years to seven years the time for which state court judges must have been admitted to the practice of law
Constitutional Amendment 7
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 65%)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal increases the experience requirement for eligibility for the office of state court judge by requiring that such persons shall have been admitted to practice law for seven years. The proposed amendment changes the requirement from five years to seven years’ experience and would not apply to state court judges elected or appointed in the year 2000 or earlier. The proposal is self-executing and requires no legislation for implementation.

 

Amend the constitution to provide for a homeowner’s incentive adjustment for ad valorem property tax relief
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 88%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal provides for an adjustment on the ad valorem property tax return of each taxpayer claiming the state-wide homestead exemption. The amount of the adjustment may be equivalent to a homestead exemption of up to $18,000.00 of the assessed value of the homestead or the taxpayer’s ad valorem tax liability on the homestead, whichever is lower. Each year the General Assembly may appropriate the amount of the tax credit as grants to local governments and school districts for homeowner tax relief. The procedures and conditions for the adjustments and grants shall be subject to the provisions of general law. Enabling legislation was enacted by Georgia Laws 1999, p. 273.

 

Amend the constitution to provide for the replacement of any member of the General Assembly who has been initially convicted of a felony
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 82%)

Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice | Legislatures

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal provides that upon the initial conviction of any member of the General Assembly for any felony in a trial court of this state or the United States, the member shall be immediately suspended from office and a replacement member shall be elected to serve for the duration of the suspension. The suspension lasts until the end of the member’s term or until the member’s conviction becomes final or the conviction is overturned, whichever is earlier. The proposed amendment ensures legislative representation during the suspension of a member of the state Senate or House of Representatives upon initial conviction for a felony. The election of a replacement member is the same as the procedure for filling a vacancy in the General Assembly.

 

Amend the constitution to provide that marine vessels may be classified as a separate class of property for ad valorem property tax purposes
Constitutional Amendment 6
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 48%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the creation of a separate class of property for ad valorem property tax purposes to be known as marine vessels and authorizes the creation of separate subclasses of marine vessels for tax purposes. The General Assembly is authorized to provide for different rates, methods, assessment dates, and taxpayer liability for such class and need not provide for uniformity with other classes of property or for uniformity among the subclasses of marine vessels. The portion of any ad valorem tax on marine vessels to be retained by the state shall be as provided by law. Marine vessels are defined as all vessels used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water, except for seaplanes. Legislation is necessary to implement the amendment.

 

Creating a Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 73.0%)

Topic Areas:
Budgets | Criminal Justice | Health | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposes to amend the Constitution to provide for additional penalties for offenses involving driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and provide for their allocation to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund for care and rehabilitation purposes.

 

Creating a Georgia Compensation Commission
Constitutional Amendment 5
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 49.1%)

Topic Areas:
State Government

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposes to amend the Constitution to provide for a Georgia Citizens Commission on Compensation of Public Officials and to remove from the General Assembly the authority to fix the compensation of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the members and officers of the General Assembly, the members of the Public Service Commission, the members of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, the constitutional officers elected state wide, the superior court judges, and the district attorneys and to place such authority in the commission, with the action of the commission subject to rejection by both houses of the General Assembly.

 

Creating a Land, Water, Wildlife and Recreation Heritage Fund
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 46.8%)

Topic Areas:
Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing | Budgets | Environmental Protection | Natural Resources | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposes to amend the Constitution to require the General Assembly to provide by law for the creation of a Land, Water, Wildlife, and Recreation Heritage Fund, with moneys derived from an increase in the real estate transfer tax from $1.00 to $2.00 per $1,000.00, from which funds shall be disbursed for the purposes of local government recreation grants and for acquiring, conserving, managing, or preserving Georgia’s natural and historic areas, water resources, and wildlife habitats.

 

Creating a Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Fund
Constitutional Amendment 4
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.0%)

Topic Areas:
Budgets | Natural Resources | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposes to amend the Constitution to authorize the General Assembly to provide by general law for a roadside enhancement and beautification fund from which funds shall be disbursed for enhancement and beautification of public rights of way; for allocation and dedication of revenue from tree and other vegetation trimming or removal permit fees, other related assessments, and special and distinctive wildflower motor vehicle license plate fees to such fund; that moneys paid into the fund shall not lapse; and that an Act creating the fund and making such provisions may originate in the Senate or the House of Representatives.

 

Creation of a State Business Court Amendment
Amendment
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 69.0%)

Topic Areas:
Banking & Financial Services | Business & Commerce | Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Creates a state business court, including procedures and rules, judicial selection, term length, and judge qualifications, to handle business disputes.

 

Crime Victims Rights Amendment
Amendment
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 80.9%)

Topic Areas:
Criminal Justice | Juvenile Justice

Summary: Click for Summary
Known as Marsy’s Law by proponents, the measure adds language to Article 1, Section 1, stating that victims as defined in the amendment “shall be accorded the utmost dignity and respect and shall be treated fairly by the criminal justice system.” It also prescribes specific rights to the victims, including to notice of any court proceedings; to request notice of arrests, release or escape of accused; not to be excluded from court proceedings; and to be heard at certain court proceedings.

 

Dedicating Percentage of Outdoor Recretation Equipment Sales Tax to Land Conservation Fund Amendment
Amendment
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 83.0%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Environmental Protection | Natural Resources | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Dedicates up to 80 percent of the revenue from the existing sales and use tax on outdoor recreation equipment to the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to go to land conservation.

 

Dedication of Fireworks Tax Revenue Amendment
Amendment 4
Election:
General

2016

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 81.1% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Local Government | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Provides that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes

 

Eminent Domain
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 82.7%)

Topic Areas:
Land Use/Property Rights

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to require that the condemnation of prop erty for redevelopment purposes must be approved by vote of the elected governing authority of the county or city in which the property is
located; to restrict the use of eminent domain for redevelopment purposes to the elimination of harm; to provide that the use of eminent domain by counties and municipalities shall be subject to limitation by general law; to prohibit the use of eminent domain by certain nonelected local authorities; to provide for submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.

 

Enterprise Zones
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 53.1%)

Topic Areas:
Economic Development

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

 

Exempt from ad valorem taxes certain farm equipment used by family owned qualified farm products producers
Referendum A
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 72%)

Topic Areas:
Agriculture | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act grants family owned farms an exemption from all ad valorem taxation for farm tractors, combines, and all other farm equipment other than motor vehicles used in the production of agricultural products. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2001, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

 

Expand the Ad Valorem Exemption for Veterans Organizations to Include Organizations which Refurbish and Operate Historic Military Aircraft for Educational Purposes
Referendum B
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 71.3%)

Topic Areas:
Arts & Culture | Military & Veterans Affairs | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act expands the existing ad valorem tax exemption for certain veterans organizations to include property which is owned by and used exclusively by any veterans organization which is qualified as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and which has been organized for the purpose of refurbishing and operating historic military aircraft acquired from the federal government and other sources, making such aircraft airworthy, and putting such aircraft on display to the public for educational purposes.

If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.


 

Expand the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Farm Equipment
Referendum A
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 60.7%)

Topic Areas:
Agriculture | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act expands eligibility for the existing ad valorem tax
exemption for farm tractors, combines, and other farm equipment so that the exemption will apply to equipment which is held under a lease purchase agreement.

If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

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Expand the Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Property of Charitable Institutions
Referendum C
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 68.5%)

Topic Areas:
Human Services | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This section of this Act expands the ad valorem tax exemption for property of charitable institutions so that the exemption will apply to real estate or buildings which are owned by a charitable institution that is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and used by such charitable institution for the purpose of securing income so long as such income is used exclusively for the operation of that charitable institution.

If approved by a majority of the voters, this section of the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.


 

Fishing and Hunting
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 81.1%)

Topic Areas:
Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that the tradition of fishing and hunting and the taking of fish and wildlife shall be preserved for the people and shall be managed by law and regulation for the public good; to provide for submission of amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.

 

Grant to any Georgia resident who is an unremarried surviving spouse of a member of the US armed forces killed in any war or armed conflict a homestead exemption from all ad valorem taxation in the same amount to which a disabled veteran is entitled
Referendum C
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 80%)

Topic Areas:
Military & Veterans Affairs | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act grants to the unre-married surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States killed in service during a war or armed conflict a homestead exemption from all ad valorem taxation for state, county, municipal, and school purposes in the same amount as that to which a disabled veteran is granted by law. Current law only grants such an exemption to a disabled veteran or the unremarried surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, and the exemption amounts to $43,000.00. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2001, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

 

Homestead Exemption from Ad Valorem Taxes Amendment
Amendment
Election:
General

2018

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 57.1%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Question reads: “Do you approve a new homestead exemption in a municipal corporation that is located in more than one county, that levies a sales tax for the purposes of a metropolitan area system of public transportation, and that has within its boundaries an independent schools system, from ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of the difference between the current year assessed value of a home and the adjusted base year value, provided that the lowest base year value will be adjusted yearly by 2.6 percent?”

 

Increase from $300 to $2,500 the ad valorem tax exemption for all tools and implements
Referendum B
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 64%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act increases to $2,500.00 the personal property ad valorem tax exemption granted to manual laborers residing in Georgia with respect to tools and implements of trade. Current law exempts up to $300.00 of the actual value of such tools and implements owned by each laborer. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2001, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

 

Increase in state income tax rate prohibited
Amendment A
Election:
General

2014

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 73.9% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to prohibit the General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate; to provide for submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.

 

Intangible Tax Repeal
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 56.5%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Authorizes repeal of the personal property tax without a referendum

 

Judicial Qualifications Commission Replacement Amendment
Amendment 3
Election:
General

2016

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 62.5% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Abolish the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission; require the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, with such commission having the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges; require the Judicial Qualifications Commission to have procedures that provide for due process of law and review by the Supreme Court of its advisory opinions; and allow the Judicial Qualifications Commission to be open to the public in some manner

 

Penalties for reckless driving penalties to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund
Amendment B
Election:
General

2014

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 69.8% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Health

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that the General Assembly by
general law may impose additional penalties or fees for the offense of reckless driving and
may provide for the allocation of such additional penalties or fees to the Brain and Spinal
Injury Trust Fund, as provided by law, for the specified purpose of meeting any and all costs,
or any portion of the costs, of providing care and rehabilitative services to citizens of this
state who have survived neurotrauma with head or spinal cord injuries; to provide for related
matters; to provide for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for
other purposes.

 

Provide ad valorem tax exemption to the property of Elks Lodges
Referendum D
Election:
General

2000

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 21%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act excludes Elks Lodges from all ad valorem taxation for state, county, municipal, and school purposes provided such property is used exclusively for charitable, fraternal, or benevolent purposes. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2001, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

 

Provides a Homestead Exemption for the Surviving Spouse of a Peace Officer or Firefighter Killed in the Line of Duty
Referendum E
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 85.2%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This section of this Act provides that the unremarried surviving spouse of a peace officer or firefighter who was killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to a total exemption of the homestead from all ad valorem taxes.

If approved by a majority of the voters, this section of the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.


 

Provides a Homestead Exemption to Certain Residents Who are Senior Citizens with Respect to State Ad Valorem Taxes
Referendum D
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 88.7%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This section of this Act grants an exemption from all state ad valorem property taxes to the homestead of a person who is 65 years of age or over, to include the primary residence and not more than ten contiguous acres of land. This exemption applies to state ad valorem taxes but not
those levied by local governments.

If approved by a majority of the voters, this section of the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2007, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.


 

Provides for Improving Student Achievement and Parental Involvement through More Public Charter School Options
Amendment 1
Election:
General

2012

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 58.6% (unofficial))

Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the creation of public state charter schools, which would operate under the terms of charters between the State Board of Education and charter petitioners, while preserving the authority of local boards of education to establish local charter schools. Specifically, the proposal clarifies the authority of the General Assembly to provide for statewide policies for public education prior to the college or post-secondary level, restates the authority of the General Assembly to establish special schools, prohibits the incurrence of bonded indebtedness or the levy of school taxes for the support of special schools without approval of the local board of education and the voters in the affected school system, provides that special schools may include public state charter schools, preserves the authority of local boards of education to establish local charter schools, authorizes the expenditure of state funds for special schools, and prohibits the deduction of certain state funds from local school districts as a direct result or consequence of the enrollment of students in the state charter schools.

The General Assembly has enacted a law to exercise the authority granted by the proposed constitutional amendment to provide for public state charter schools. This law will become effective only if the constitutional amendment is ratified by the voters. This law is published at Georgia Laws 2012, p. 1298, sec. 1, and was enacted by 2012 HB 797, Act No. 766.

A copy of this entire proposed constitutional amendment is on file in the office of the judge of the probate court and is available for public inspection.


 

Provides for Inventory of Businesses to Be Exempt from State Property Tax
Referendum A
Election:
General

2010

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 54.0%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This Act provides that all tangible personal property constituting the inventory of a business shall be exempt from state ad valorem taxation. If approved by a majority of the voters, the Act becomes effective on January 1, 2011, and applies to all tax years beginning on or after that date.

 

Provides that a Surviving Spouse shall be Entitled to a
Continuation of the Base Year Value under a Base Year Assessed Value Homestead Exemption
Referendum F
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 89.9%)

Topic Areas:
Military & Veterans Affairs | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This section of this Act relates to base year assessed value homestead exemptions, also known as homestead freeze exemptions. These are exemptions which increase so long as a person owns a homestead with the effect that the owner does not have an increase in tax liability because of increases in the assessed value of the homestead. This section of the Act provides that when a property owner with an existing base year assessed value homestead exemption dies, his or her surviving spouse who otherwise meets the requirements for the exemption shall be entitled to continue the exemption with the previously established base year amount. The effect is that the surviving spouse will not incur increased tax liability due to increases in assessed value since the exemption was granted to the deceased spouse.

 

Question to allow persons who are absent from their residence due to health reasons to continue to receive a homestead exemption
Referendum B
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 82.7%)

Topic Areas:
Health | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
An act which authorizes certain individuals who are absent from their residence due to health reasons to continue to receive homestead exemptions.

 

Question to broaden ad valorem tax exemption for motor vehicles owned by disabled veterans
Referendum D
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 68.8%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
An act which broadens the ad valorem tax exemption for motor vehicles owned by disabled veterans to include motor vehicles leased to disabled veterans.

 

Question to exempt agricultural products from ad valorem taxes so long as they are grown in Georgia by a family-owned qualified farm products producer
Referendum A
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 63.4%)

Topic Areas:
Agriculture | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
An act which exempts from ad valorem taxation livestock; crops; fruit or nut bearing trees, bushes, or plants; annual and perennial plants; Christmas trees; and plants and trees grown in nurseries for transplantation elsewhere so long as such items are grown in this state and remain in the hands of a family owned qualified farm products producer.

 

Question to exempt from ad valorem taxes motor vehicles owned by former prisoners of war
Referendum E
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 65.4%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
An act which provides for an exemption from ad valorem taxes for certain motor vehicles owned by former prisoners of war.

 

Question to provide an ad valorem tax exemption for all property owned and operated by a church, when such entity qualifies as a 501(c)(3) organization
Referendum C
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 65.6%)

Topic Areas:
Human Services | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
An act which provides an ad valorem tax exemption for all property owned by and operated exclusively as a church, an association or convention of churches, a convention mission agency, or as an integrated auxiliary of a church or convention or association of churches, when such entity is qualified as an exempt religious organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and such property is used in a manner consistent with such exemption.

 

Removal of Property from Industrial Zone
Constitutional Amendment 5
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 54.7%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Economic Development

Summary: Click for Summary
Permits owners of island property within a constitutional industrial area to remove the property from the industrial area

 

Safe Harbor For Sexually Exploited Children Fund Amendment
Amendment 2
Election:
General

2016

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 83.3% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Budgets | Criminal Justice | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Allows the legislature to provide for additional penalties on certain crimes, including keeping a place of prostitution, sexual trafficking, and sexual exploitation of children; provides for the use of revenue from the penalties for care and rehabilitative and social services to children who have been sexually exploited.

 

Sales Tax for Schools
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.1%)

Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12 | Local Government | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Authorizes school districts to impose a 1 percent sales tax, subject to approval by local voters

 

Special Motor Vehicle License Plates
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

2006

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 67.4%)

Topic Areas:
Budgets | Transportation

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide for special motor vehicle license plates and dedicate the revenue from such plates for stated purposes, including dedications for the ultimate use of agencies, funds, or nonprofit corporations where it is found that there will be a benefit to the state; to provide for related matters; to provide for submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.

 

Specifying Education Purposes For Lottery Proceeds
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

1998

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 50.6%)

Topic Areas:
Education: Higher Ed | Education: PreK-12 | Gambling & Lotteries

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposes to amend the Constitution to limit the educational purposes and programs for which lottery proceeds may be appropriated and expended and to specify that scholarships, pre-kindergarten programs, and shortfall reserves shall receive priority over teacher technology training and capital outlay projects for educational facilities.

 

State Intervention in Failing Public Schools Amendment
Amendment 1
Election:
General

2016

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 39.9% unofficial)

Topic Areas:
Education: PreK-12

Summary: Click for Summary
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Georgia so as to allow the General Assembly to authorize the establishment of an Opportunity School District to provide for state intervention for failing schools

 

Tax Exemption for Fraternal Organizations
Referendum B
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.9%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

 

Tax Exemption for Vehicles of Religious Groups
Referendum A
Election:
General

1996

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 55.0%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Summary not available.

 

To allow different tax rates for commercial dockside facilities used to land and process seafood
Constitutional Amendment 5
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 43.3%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that commercial dockside facilities consisting of real and personal property whose primary use is the landing and processing of seafood may be classified as a separate class of property for ad valorem property tax purposes and different rates, methods, and assessment dates may be provided for such dockside facilities? (HR 364)

 

To allow different tax rates for properties contaminated with hazardous waste to encourage their cleanup
Constitutional Amendment 4
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 68.8%)

Topic Areas:
Environmental Protection | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that the General Assembly may provide by general law for the separate classification and taxation of properties on which there have been releases of hazardous waste, constituents, or substances in the environment so as to encourage cleanup, reuse, and redevelopment of such properties? (HR 1111)

 

To allow separate valuations for qualified affordable residential developments
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 46.1%)

Topic Areas:
Human Services | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that qualified low-income building projects may be classified as a separate class of property for ad valorem property tax purposes and different rates, methods, and assessment dates may be provided for such building projects? (HJR 1073)

 

To allow tax incentives to encourage redevelopment of blighted property
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 59.6%)

Topic Areas:
Economic Development | Land Use/Property Rights | Local Government | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that counties and municipalities may establish community redevelopment tax incentive programs under which increased taxation shall apply to properties maintained in a blighted condition and decreased taxation shall apply for a time to formerly blighted property which has been rehabilitated? (HR 391)

 

To authorize local school districts to use tax funds for community redevelopment purposes
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 51.5%)

Topic Areas:
Economic Development | Local Government | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal affirms that the General Assembly may authorize counties, municipalities, and housing authorities to carry out community redevelopment.

The proposal also revises the Constitution’s provisions relative to redevelopment powers and tax allocation bonds. As revised by the proposed amendment, the current provisions for community redevelopment, after providing for such powers, will contain revised provisions relative to tax allocation bonds. In general, tax allocation bonds are government borrowings which are repaid specifically from future growth in the property tax digest of an area under redevelopment.

Under the proposal a general law will be able to authorize the use of county, municipal, and school tax funds, or any combination thereof, to fund redevelopment purposes and programs, including repayment of tax allocation bonds. The general law may provide for such use of tax funds without regard to whether the local government approved such use before January 1, 2009. No county, municipal, or school tax funds may be used for such purposes and programs without approval by the applicable local governing body.

With respect to school taxes only, such taxes may be used for redevelopment purposes and programs only if: (1) they have been pledged for repayment of tax allocation bonds which have been judicially validated (approved by a court for issuance); or (2) such use is authorized by general law after January 1, 2009.


 

To authorize the creation of special Infrastructure Development Districts providing infrastructure to underserved areas.
Constitutional Amendment 3
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 48.4%)

Topic Areas:
Local Government

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal authorizes the General Assembly by general law to provide for the creation and regulation of infrastructure development districts. The purpose of such districts will be for the creation, provision, and expansion of such infrastructure services and facilities as may be provided for by general law.

Counties and municipalities affected by the creation of infrastructure development districts will have the authority to approve creation of such districts. The general law providing for the creation of the districts will provide for the establishment of an administrative or governing body for the districts. Such administrative or governing bodies will be able to impose and collect fees and assessments within each district and to incur debt according to powers and limits set by statute.

The General Assembly has enacted a law to provide for the creation and regulation of infrastructure development districts. This law will become effective only if the constitutional amendment is ratified by the voters. This law is 2007 SB 200; Act No. 372, found at Ga. Laws 2007, p. 739.


 

To change the income limit for school tax homestead exemption for those 62 or older
Referendum A
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 79.6%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Act be approved which changes the statewide $10,000 homestead exemption from all school district ad valorem taxation for educational purposes for persons 62 years of age or older by changing the $10,000 gross household income limitation to a $10,000 net income, excluding certain retirement income, of the applicant and spouse thereof? (HR 299)

 

To Define Marriage as the Union of Man and Woman
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 76.2%)

Topic Areas:
Civil & Constitutional Law

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that this state shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman?

This first paragraph of this proposal provides that Georgia shall recognize as marriage only the union of man and woman and prohibits marriages between persons of the same sex in this state. The second paragraph of this proposal further provides that the state: (1) shall not recognize any union between persons of the same sex as being entitled to the benefits of marriage; (2) shall not give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other state or jurisdiction respecting a relationship between persons of the same sex where that relationship is treated as a marriage under the laws of such other state or jurisdiction; and (3) removes from the jurisdiction of Georgia’s courts the ability to grant a divorce or separate maintenance or otherwise consider or rule on parties’ rights arising from or in connection with such a same sex relationship.


 

To encourage the preservation of Georgia’s forests through a conservation use property tax reduction program
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

2008

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 68.0%)

Topic Areas:
Natural Resources | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
This proposal directs the General Assembly to provide for a new method of ad valorem tax assessment of forest land conservation use property. Such property will include only tracts of forest land which exceed 200 acres except where the General Assembly has provided by general law for exceptions to the 200 acre limit under certain circumstances. Subject to certain qualifications, an owner of such property will be able to enter into a covenant to restrict the use of the land to current use; and the land will then be taxed according to a formula based on current use, annual productivity, and real property sales data. A breach of the covenant will result in a government recapturing the tax savings and may result in other appropriate penalties.

The General Assembly is directed to appropriate funds to local government to partially offset any loss of local revenue.

The General Assembly has enacted a law to implement this constitutional amendment. This law will become effective only if the constitutional amendment is ratified by the voters. This law is 2008 HB 1211; Act No. 464, found at Ga. Laws 2008, p. 297.


 

To establish a program of dog and cat sterilization funded by special license plates
Constitutional Amendment 6
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 70.8%)

Topic Areas:
Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing | Budgets | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide for a dog and cat reproductive sterilization support program to control dog and cat overpopulation and thereby reduce the number of animals housed and killed in animal shelters and provide funds for the program from the voluntary purchase of special license plates and other sources? (HR 264)

 

To exempt commercial fishing vessels from property taxes
Referendum D
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 32.9%)

Topic Areas:
Business & Commerce | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Act be approved which grants an exemption from ad valorem taxation on commercial fishing vessels whose primary use is the catching of seafood? (HR 1391)

 

To exempt medical societies and museums on historic property of nonprofit corporations from property taxes
Referendum C
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Fail (Yes votes: 44.8%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Act be approved which grants an exemption from ad valorem taxation on certain historic property owned by a nonprofit corporation which houses a medical museum or medical society? (HR 1244)

 

To extend the tax exemption for spouses of military personnel who die due to war
Referendum B
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 83.0%)

Topic Areas:
Military & Veterans Affairs | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Act be approved which provides that an exemption from certain ad valorem taxation for the surviving spouses of military personnel killed while serving in a war or armed conflict shall extend to the surviving spouses of such persons who otherwise died as a result of such war or armed conflict? (HR 1217)

 

To increase the tax exemption for tangible personal property from $500 to $7,500
Referendum E
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 72.2%)

Topic Areas:
Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Act be approved which increases the total value of exemption from the payment of ad valorem taxes on certain tangible personal property owned by a taxpayer within the county from $500 total value to $7,500 total value? (SB 150)

 

To make someone who defaults on his or her taxes ineligible to hold public office
Constitutional Amendment 1
Election:
General

2002

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 78.7%)

Topic Areas:
Elections | State Government | Tax & Revenue

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that certain officeholders or candidates who are defaulters for federal state, local taxes shall be ineligible to hold any public office in this state? (HR 126)

 

To Provide the Supreme Court Jurisdiction to Answer Questions of Law from Federal Courts
Constitutional Amendment 2
Election:
General

2004

Type:
Legislative Referendum

Status: Pass (Yes votes: 69.0%)

Topic Areas:
Judiciary

Summary: Click for Summary
Shall the Constitution be amended so as to provide that the Supreme Court shall have jurisdiction and authority to answer questions of law from any state appellate or federal
district or appellate court?

This proposal provides that the Supreme Court of Georgia shall have jurisdiction and authority to answer any question of law from any state appellate or federal district or appellate court. Currently the Supreme Court has constitutional authority to answer questions of law from state and federal appellate courts only. The proposal adds the authority to answer questions of law from federal district courts. This procedure is used when another court desires to ask the Georgia Supreme Court to determine an unsettled question of state law.


 

 

Statewide Ballot Measures Database


11/7/2018

Image of search key on a keyboard.NCSL’s Statewide Ballot Measures Database includes all statewide ballot measures in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, starting over a century ago. New measures are added as they are certified and identified by NCSL staff. Results are updated soon after election night; each entry is then updated with “pass” or “fail.”

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