Sunday Alcohol Vote Challenged
In the March 6 primary only those in unincorporated Cobb County voted on a Sunday alcohol referendum.
Updated 4 p.m.
Cobb County's Sunday alcohol sales vote is being taken to court.
Marietta lawyer Justin O'Dell of Cauthron, Nohr & O’Dell filed a petition in Cobb County Superior Court today to ask for a revote that includes the residents of the county's six cities as well as those who live in unincorporated areas, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Asked about the county's response, Cobb government spokesman Robert Quigley emailed: "The county will be in court and will provide information to the judge as to what our opinion was based on."
County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee acknowledged to the AJC and the MDJ that excluding city residents was a mistake.
If a judge agrees, O'Dell said, the only option is to throw out the March 6 vote and hold another election, the AJC reported.
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The first opportunity to revote would be the July 31 election, which will include a referendum on a regional transportation sales tax and primaries for state and county offices. As with the March 6 vote, the county would avoid the additional expense of a special election by piggybacking on an existing election.
In the March 6 primary only those in unincorporated Cobb County voted on a the referendum. Some are questioning whether residents in Cobb's six cities should have been able to vote on it as well.
All six cities in Cobb County have passed their own Sunday sales referendums but should have been allowed a say in the countywide vote, Mathews said.
The chairman of the county commissioners, Tim Lee, said the county got bad information on the process from the county attorney.
The deadline for such a suit is today.
Lee said if someone files suit today and a judge agrees on a new election, he could put the question on the July 31 ballot.