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02/12/03

Governor Perdue Proposes Flag Vote

The days of the current flag, seen here on Savannah's City Hall, could be numbered. The days of the current flag, seen here on Savannah's City Hall, could be numbered.

When former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes pushed through the new state flag, many Georgians were upset. Now, Governor Sonny Perdue says he'll let the people help decide on a new flag. Every single person WTOC talked with today say they are glad they will get to vote on the flag, and they are happy the governor is living up to his campaign promise.

It's been two years that the current flag has flown over Georgia in a controversial political decision.

"I think this is an issue that needs to be healed as soon as possible," Governor Perdue said. "People just need to express their opinion and we are introducing legislation to have this referendum when every ballot box in the State of Georgia is open and that is on the Presidential primary."

The governor proposes that on March 2, 2004, the people have a choice. People can vote to keep the current flag, or vote to change the flag to either the former flag, which flew from 1956 to 2001, or the older flag which flew from 1920 to 1956.

"I think it's a great idea, let everyone decide we can rest the issue once and for all," said Savannah resident Patricia Sikorski.

Others in our area say this is a vote people need to take seriously.

"People need to take the time and think about what they do," noted resident HM Porter.

Many of the people we spoke with say this is a decision they will have to think about, because even if they like the flag which was taken down in 2001, they are scared of statewide boycotts, such as that threatened by the NAACP if the Confederate emblem returns to prominence.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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