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State Motto Sticker Designs In Ohio Stir Controversy

June 1, 2011 by  

State motto sticker designs in Ohio stir controversySeveral advocacy groups have criticized voting sticker designs in Ohio because of their inclusion of the word “God.”

According to the Hamilton Journal-News, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has proposed six new voting sticker designs, one of which will be handed out to voters on Election Day. State residents can vote for their favorite design on ElectYourSticker.com.

Two of the proposals include the State’s motto: With God, All Things are Possible. Although Federal courts have upheld the motto as Constitutional, some advocates have questioned the State’s decision to integrate religion into the voting process.

Ellis Jacobs, senior attorney for the nonprofit law firm Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, told the media outlet the sticker designs referencing “God” might put atheists “in a bind.”

“There are a heck of a lot of atheists out there. They shouldn’t be made uncomfortable when they go to vote,” Jacobs told the news source.

Rob Scott, a member of the Dayton Tea Party, said he does not have a problem with the controversial sticker proposals because they are based on the State motto, according to the news provider.

FOX News recently reported the sticker contest concludes on Aug. 8. As of May 30, the leading vote-getter was the design that said “I (HEART) Voting,” with the shape of Ohio replacing the heart.

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