The people of Georgia have made their choice on which state flag they think should represent the state. Many say they hope this will put an end to an almost three-year-old controversy.
Representatives say as of right now they have no plans to bring the issue back up for debate. They say the people's choice was overwhelming in favor for the 2003 flag, and for now they're going with the majority.
The tally is in. The people of Georgia have cast their votes and chosen which flag they think should represent their state.
Wednesday morning in Atlanta, protestors gathered at the capitol supporting the original "rebel cross" flag that was retired in 2001 and the brief, blue-background replacement.
Rodney Shiver says, "A lot of people consider the old battle flag a racist emblem when it's all about Southern heritage."
State Sen. Wallace Sholar says, "Overwhelmingly, 75 percent of the people voted for the 2003 flag. I don't see the issue coming back.”
Some Thomasville residents say racial significance may be the reason the "rebel cross" flag wasn't on the ballot, and why its 2001 replacement, which sports a "rebel cross" banner, was defeated at the polls.
"I think it's such a big issue, everyone takes that to heart and wouldn't want a flag that shows any kind of racial connotation," says Garry Shepard
State officials say despite protests, there have been no motions in the Legislature to bring another flag to the table, so for now they will let the 2003 flag fly.
Lawmakers decided not to allow people to vote on the original 1956 rebel "X" flag. They say it was too controversial. Voting turnout was a little lighter Tuesday than it has been in past years, and protestors say that could have been one reason the blue flag was defeated.