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Voting on License Plate to Begin Again

The eight proposed designs do not include the "In God We Trust" motto.

Beginning Monday, Georgia residents will have another chance to vote for a new license plate design.

This past Thursday, the Georgia Department of Revenue revealed the three plate designs that received the most votes during an online contest.

Noticeably absent from the top designs was the statement "In God We Trust" that was displayed across the bottom of all three finalist tags during the preliminary voting.

According to a Department of Revenue spokesperson, the "In God We Trust" decal is an optional purchase. Citizens electing to use the "In God We Trust" decal would pay an additional dollar and display it in lieu of the county name which is currently placed across the bottom of each tag.

Gov. Nathan Deal was set to reveal the winning design on Friday. However, after a public outcry regarding the "In God We Trust" motto, he has elected to reopen the online voting. The Georgia Department of Revenue confirms that beginning Monday, Georgians will once again get to choose from the original eight plate designs -- this time without "In God We Trust" displayed across the bottom of any of the entries.

"We’re reopening the voting for three weeks so that everyone knows what they are voting on," wrote Deal spokesman Brian Robinson in an emailed response to questions. "There will be no stickers on the tags when voting reopens on Monday."

More than 500 entries were submitted by the public. A panel of Georgia college and university art professors chose eight of the designs to be featured in the online voting contest.

The new license plate design will go into production in 2012.

Brenda Marsh July 18, 2011 at 01:33 PM
I agree people should have the choice of county or the "In God we Trust" sticker but why don't we have a choice of being flashed by pants to the knees with dirty underwear showing. It offends me, I'm a lady and find it repulsive to have to look at someones underwear, does our govenment care>?Heck no because it doesn't have the word God in it!! I for one love my Lord and would like to see more of him everywhere!!!
Jerry Andrews July 18, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I consider it to be an honor and a priviledge to have " IN GOD WE TRUST" on my license plate. These words show respect and love to the creator of whom without we wouldn't even exist this world would not be in as bad shape as it is if more people believed in him and DISPLAYED it, as the lady said EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!
Roofus T. Smith July 18, 2011 at 02:59 PM
You are more than welcome to put a bumper sticker on your vehicle displaying your trust in God, or the fact that He is your co-pilot, or whatever. We should not be so quick to assume that everyone believes the same, however.
Brenda Marsh July 18, 2011 at 06:29 PM
If he is the co-pilot you need to change seats, and your right but we are tired of everyone else's beliefs being shoved down Christians throat and saying we have to like it. Sorry I refuse to change my stand on this issue, too much changing has us in the mess we're in, and you are more than welcome not to put a "In God we Trust Sticker" on your vehicle.
Kathryn A. Patterson July 18, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Dear Michael Hall, Our founding fathers were not Christians, and they did not particularly like Christians. If you read the works of Thomas Jefferson, you will find his convictions to keep Christians from controlling the country - it is why he insisted on separation of church and state. If you want to publicly proclaim your faith, that is your choice. But by removing Ïn God We Trust" from the license plates simply supports the concept of separation of church and state. It does nothing to remove your ability to believe as you choose. Kathryn

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