Voting Continues on Camden County Spaceport as Judge Rejects Bid to Invalidate the Referendum

Spaceport Camden launch complex (Credit: Camden County)

The fate of Spaceport Camden in Georgia hangs in the balance as early voting continues on a March 8 referendum on whether to invalidate Camden County’s decision to buy 4,000 acres of land for the facility from Union Carbide. The Current reports that almost 2,000 residents had cast their ballots in early voting as of Friday.

On Friday, Superior Court Steven Scarlett rejected an appeal by Camden County to invalidate the referendum on the grounds that it violates the Georgia constitution. Scarlett authorized the county to file an appeal of his order.

The county argued that Probate Court Judge Robert Sweatt Jr. had misinterpreted the constitution when he ordered the referendum last month. Opponents of the project trigged the vote after submitting a petition signed by more than 3,500 active voters.

Camden County has spent $10 million in its effort to build the spaceport to host small satellite launch vehicles. Supporters argue it will bring high-tech jobs to the county and bolster local tax revenues.

Opponents argue the county has over stated the benefits of the spaceport. They also say rocket launches will endanger visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore as well as private residences along the launch trajectory.