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July 15--  The state of Georgia was supposed to announce the winner of a statewide contest Friday afternoon which allowed citizens to vote on a new car tag design.  However, three of the four final designs in the contest were pictured on the web with the motto, "In God We Trust."  Those words could have been purchased for an extra dollar on a sticker that could have been affixed to the tag in the space normally reserved for the vehicle owner's county of residence.

Some people, including an Atlanta atheist group, thought the words were part of the plates' integral design and said it might have swayed the vote.  As a result, the state is doing a revote starting Monday.  Here's a release from the Deal administration on the about-face.


"The Department of Revenue announced today it will reopen its online 2011 Georgia License Plate Design Contest for a revote by the public beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18.  Voting will be for three weeks and end on Monday, August 8 at 3:00 p.m.

All eight license plate designs that reached the semifinal round will again be displayed on the Department’s website Home Page.  The eight individual images (artwork) will contain a blank “placeholder” at the bottom of the plate which represents the location where the applicable label will be affixed.

All eight license plate designs will be accessible on the Department’s website on Monday, July 18 for voting at

 As provided for in the Georgia Code, the Department encourages the public to vote for the license plate design that will “advertise, popularize and otherwise promote Georgia as the Peach State.” 

Upon the conclusion of online voting on Monday, August 8, the three license plate designs garnering the most votes will comprise the Finalists to be presented to Governor Nathan Deal, who will announce the winning design.  Also participating in the announcement ceremony will be the winning artist along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and State Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie."