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ATLANTA — Georgia voters will soon make their views known on whether they want to place a cap on lobbyist spending.

That issue is one of several nonbinding questions on Tuesday's primary ballot. The outcome won't change state law, but it gives politicians a rough measure of the public's views.

Both the Republican and Democratic ballots ask whether Georgians want to cap or limit lobbyist spending. Similar measures failed this year in the General Assembly, but proponents say a strong showing on the ballot may change minds at the Capitol.

House Speaker David Ralston has said that a lobbyist spending cap will just drive the practice underground.

Others GOP ballot questions ask whether voters want to tighten abortion restrictions, expand gambling and allow members of the military under 21 to carry firearms.