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The voters have had their say, and soon we’ll find out the results of today’s election. Polls closed at 7 p.m.

What’s the outcome of the historic T-SPLOST initiative — the penny sales tax referendum on transportation issues in metro Atlanta? Voters also decided on representatives for this fall’s legislative races.

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Centrist

July 31st, 2012
7:26 pm

Anyone hear of any media outlet exit polling?

Tom Shane

July 31st, 2012
7:57 pm

td

July 31st, 2012
7:59 pm

Voting will not fix society. Why do we elect other people to write our laws and do the thinking for us?

Centrist

July 31st, 2012
8:06 pm

I doubt Georgia news outlets are sophisticated or funded enough for exit polling which is not productive or accurate anyway (people lie to news media outlets).

Next question for those in the know – who in Georgia “calls” an election based on votes tallied and outstanding precincts? Maybe the AP?

Prediction – the Atlanta TSPLOST will be termed “too close to call” until after 70% of the precincts report, and will turn out to lose by a landslide.

duh

July 31st, 2012
8:10 pm

We vote because dictatorships don’t work.

JustAnotherVoice

July 31st, 2012
8:10 pm

why are the results taking so long?! enough already!

South DeKalb Resident

July 31st, 2012
8:15 pm

Lets get back to the drawing board!

Centrist

July 31st, 2012
8:18 pm

JustAnotherVoice posted “why are the results taking so long?”

Don’t follow it on the AJC which is waaay behind. The Secretary of State web site has it losing in the Atlanta metro area 78% with almost 30,000 votes.

joey2

July 31st, 2012
8:26 pm

the supporters were extremely outspoken on the TSPLOST and they will be shown to have completely failed. Going to be funny to watch their reactions.

ronald

July 31st, 2012
8:36 pm

John

July 31st, 2012
8:36 pm

funny to watch idiots who clearly dont want Atlanta to thrive deal with the consequences.

Skeptical

July 31st, 2012
8:53 pm

The T-SPLOST is going to be defeated by margins even those who condemned it the most could only have dreamed of. Close? Heck no! Greater than 70% against this monstrosity…will that get our politicians attention? Will they understand that raising taxes on families struggling to get by is a bad idea? Will it get through the thick heads of the minority that supported this mess that a sensible plan that actually addresses congestion will have the best chance of being supported? Honestly, I doubt it!

Yoda

July 31st, 2012
8:54 pm

I wave to them every day on my MARTA ride on the bridge over 75/85, when they’re sitting bumper to bumper in 12 lanes of traffic just sitting there. I prefer a quick train ride so I can spend my time with my family, not banging on my steering wheel and cursing at other drivers.

Curzen

July 31st, 2012
8:55 pm

TD: because most of us have jobs and family which means we can’t be bothered with every little damn thing and instead elect representatives to deal with that crap instead. It’s a farce that they won’t even do their job or take responsibility for tsplost and load it of onto citizens instead.

Sadly I have to agree with certain founding fathers that political parties are a scourge best avoided. But until people stop voting for the same people who failed to get things done for the last decades we are stuck with this currently failing system.

Kimberly

July 31st, 2012
8:56 pm

NO MORE TAXES We are taxed enough as it is!

Kimberly

July 31st, 2012
8:58 pm

John your the idiot if you can’t see that all it is, is a pay raise for the local elected officials!

Kris

July 31st, 2012
9:00 pm

@ Skeptical “The T-SPLOST is going to be defeated by margins even those who condemned it the most could only have dreamed of.”

I doubt it. Perhaps we should take all the signs (y/n) and light a fire under their arses…hat might get the double DEALing/build a trolly to nowhere boneheads attention. We have another chance in November to get their attention.

Frugal Realist

July 31st, 2012
9:03 pm

I understand the need and desire to have a transportation plan that covers multiple counties/cities, but this plan was about a lot more than transportation and congestion. The legislature has to come up with a proposal for the electorate that addresses transportation infrastructure problems issue by issue, project by project, not a multi billion dollar attempt to do everything all at one time and simply trust that the money will be spent wisely by the folks that are responsible for spending it.

Roadnfish

July 31st, 2012
9:05 pm

It’s simple… NO! Taxed Enough Already!

Skeptical

July 31st, 2012
9:06 pm

@Kris: I am eager for November to arrive! It’s amazing how the threat of losing their jobs get the attention of the politicians!

Randy

July 31st, 2012
9:07 pm

The way this tax has been pushed you would think Atlanta “is” Georgia. Well guess what,,,all of us don’t live in Atlanta we live elsewhere in “Georgia” and don’t want to fund Atlanta and the DOT getting all this money and wasting it like times past.
There is NO conceivable reason for it to take so long to build roads. Look at highway 441 going thru Milledgeville GA and see how high the grass has grown in this “construction” area.. You would need a farm tractor to cut it so how can they justify spending money to widen roads when all they do is start them and never finish them?
All they end up becoming is speed traps for law enforcement people to use to enrich their town, county and state coffers.
Anybody that thinks for one minute they will use this money for the purpose they claim has been drinking to much Obama, Deal kool aide.

Julius Russell

July 31st, 2012
9:17 pm

Its Sad to see This Chance Pass Us up by such an Overwhelming Majority..Maybe if it were More Geared Towards Rail Expansion Such as Commuter Rail Implementation Might Have Turned the tide a bit,But The issue here Seems to be Metro Voters Dont Trust the Politicians,GDOT,And The Fact that its a Another Tax…I dont Know What Going to have to happen to Improve the Congestion Situation here with This Kind of Bickering at hand…So Much for progress ATL..

Edlver

July 31st, 2012
9:18 pm

I don’t understand why you would vote no! Only 350,000,000 projects lined up to get all that funding… nice strategy, lay out everything that needs to get fixed but ignore the fact that the funds will only provide for 1/4 of the projects to get funded. The good part is it creates jobs for those that want to sit around alot while government fights for what projects should continue

Richard

July 31st, 2012
9:24 pm

My corporation is quoting electrical equipment to MARTA now. MARTA will pay over $500,000 for equipment that would cost a private sector company less than $100,000. Why? Because MARTA’s division 16 specifications so bad that it’s not possible for one company to supply the package. Instead 100 different companys are effectively sole sourced. Do our elected officials not know this? Do they really think we are going to allow MARTA more taxpayer money? It’s unbelievable that they can’t see the problems.

3d

July 31st, 2012
9:27 pm

The ARC has their shot years ago and blew it.

The I-20 and 285 interchange on the west side has been a mess for quite some time.
Now, all of a sudden, we’re supposed to give these folks a blank check.

All this would have done is line politicians and developers pockets.

LMAO

July 31st, 2012
9:32 pm

TSPLOST Epic Failure LMAO!!!!!

Sheepdawg

July 31st, 2012
9:36 pm

hahahahahahahahaha, $8 million fail !!!

TaxTaxTax

July 31st, 2012
9:38 pm

I’m sick of the government taxing me!

Sheepdawg

July 31st, 2012
9:38 pm

This state is in desperate need of competent, ethical leaders at all levels

Forrest Gump

July 31st, 2012
9:39 pm

Any elected official who supported this plan must go. Stupid is as stupid does…

Kevin

July 31st, 2012
9:44 pm

My two cents (or I guess you could call that a Double TSPLOST):
1. The vote will fail by big margins.
2. I voted no, and I have one of the worst commutes imaginable. Why? Two reasons: (1) Wrong mix of projects that would truly make a difference, and (2) Complete distrust for elected officials; everything from the 400 fiasco to Kasim supporting a trolley car to no where that doesn’t remove one car from the road.
3. Implement HOT lanes everywhere. I understand that roads aren’t free. We have to pay one way or another. But I would much rather supply and demand design transit needs than a bunch of hack legislators.

Kris

July 31st, 2012
9:45 pm

Sheepdawg, Forrest and TAX …

AMEN!…All we need is a Rail to run Deal/Reed out on.

Centrist

July 31st, 2012
9:47 pm

All of that political capital by politicians, corporations, Chambers of Commerce, and campaign spending in support of this awful tax and plan – only to see it resoundingly defeated by the electorate.

Who is going to eat crow and come up with a better way to fix our transportation infrastructure, and who is going to try and punish the electorate for not funding their pet boondoggle? Woodstock’s Senate Leader, Chip Rogers, is looking extremely strong having been a leader against this mess – and he is winning big, much to liberals’ dismay who believed the media that he was in trouble.

Yoda

July 31st, 2012
9:51 pm

Nobody will solve this. Georgia’s a backwater with no long term planning and no sense of civic pride from doing things together, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

Reason

July 31st, 2012
9:53 pm

I supported TSPLOST because it was a plan to support economic development and improve congestion in some areas of the metro area. Having been to other states and seen their transportation infrastructure and apparant cohesion of elected officials; I am not convinced GA can elevate to that level. Will be interesting to watch elected “leaders” scramble to remove the TSPOST penalty. Plan B is simple, raise the gas tax and construct more toll roads. That would target the user and not penalize grandma on fixed income who does not drive. Too many complainers in this region and not enough folks who have the will to help solve problems.

Yoda

July 31st, 2012
9:58 pm

Atlanta’s not interested in competing with Houston and Charlotte and Tampa, never mind Chicago and New York and LA. We’re stuck with a small mindedness that equates collective investment with socialism. I wouldn’t bring my business here to Atlanta when I could tap into a better educated more mobile workforce elsewhere.

stupid

July 31st, 2012
9:59 pm

We are supose to vote one tax down and raise another?

Greg

July 31st, 2012
10:00 pm

Granted the passing of the Legislation would allow for job creation and the implementation of projects to ease congestion, however more roads are necessary the answer. How about overhauling the bloat that MARTA is. Look other smaller cities, such as Charlotte, and see how there rail system works. Not only is it efficient, it also exceeded its ridership expectations in the first year and has been growing ever since. Now, with that said, more effort should be given to connect the suburbs of Atlanta with rail transit instead of trying to make the roads better. As long as the roads exist as the main means of transport into downtown, the traffic problems will continue regardless of the efforts made to improve the vehicular movement.

Lib Hater

July 31st, 2012
10:02 pm

Good riddance Yoda. Ride your bike the “F” outta here. I am glad my suburb ass did not have to fund your bike path in the CIty.

Lib Hater

July 31st, 2012
10:06 pm

I love how this is soundly defeated, yet were told 3/4 voting Atlantan’s must be wrong. Keep slinging the mud Libs. It is not sticking. Deal and the other Republicans supporting this will be thrown out as well. The hell with the establishment. Time to take back this State one vote at a time.

We Won!

July 31st, 2012
10:08 pm

The last thing this city needs is TSPLOST!

Great work Atlanta. Now we’ll see if Deal pulls a switcheroo on the 400 toll closure.

Kris

July 31st, 2012
10:09 pm

…..Anger the trolls, this did.

OBAMA

July 31st, 2012
10:09 pm

you wait, once I get 4 more years OLD WHITE MEN

Vince

July 31st, 2012
10:10 pm

How could people be so short sighted as to have voted down a program that would improve traffic, keep the area marketable for new businesses and create thousands of jobs? I hope no one who voted “no” complains about traffic, low real estate values, joblessness, businesses choosing other cities, etc.

We must look awfully stupid to our competitors.I bet the civic leaders in Charlotte are throwing a victory celebration.

Moon Mullins

July 31st, 2012
10:10 pm

As the traffic and congestion grows worse by the year and you find your tired arse sitting in even greater congestion with no relief in sight, just think back to this stupid decision of 2012 — unintended consequences of extreme short-sightedness over a one percent tax.

It would be comical if it wasn’t so important.

The Tea Party obstructionists win.

ank

July 31st, 2012
10:14 pm

the collective IQ on this board is about the level of my 6 yr old chocalate lab. particularly impressive is lib hater. a true gentleman and a scholar

Thomas B

July 31st, 2012
10:15 pm

Millenial here. Voted yes. Engineer from a school in Midtown. Used MARTA, walking 1.5 miles each day to work to pay off my college debt. Hoped this was going to pass. Didn’t. Looking at other cities soon.

Ol' Timer

July 31st, 2012
10:15 pm

@Centrist — the folks are not interested in fixing the problem. They’re only concerned about being contrary and getting the guvmint out of the way so they can go back to the good ol’ days that weren’t.

Vince

July 31st, 2012
10:16 pm

@ We Won!

…so what’s YOUR plan? Is the status quo fine with you?

Lib Hater

July 31st, 2012
10:17 pm

Express buses, toll lanes and roads, truck only lanes, the outer perimeter, traffic light timing, staggered work scheduling and telecommuting initiatives… Come back to me with these solutions at a County/City level for a vote each year and you may have my vote. This Region 10-year idea is a joke.

If a City wants bike paths, then their citizens can pay for it. If you want MARTA to expand and improve, then raise fares and cut waste to allow for funding for expansion.