You Can Toast to These Votes
Almost all Atlanta-area localities that had it on the ballot approved Sunday package sales of alcohol.
Note: This article originally reported that Forest Park had rejected Sunday alcohol sales, but Clayton County has since announced an error in counting those votes. The article has been updated.
Tuesday was a good day if you think Sunday should be like any other day when it comes to buying alcohol.
Voters in cities and counties across Georgia had their first chance to approve package alcohol sales on Sundays, and almost all of them answered the question with a resounding yes.
The details on when the new Sunday-sales ordinances will go into effect vary greatly. In some cases, cities have waited for the referendum results before picking a date.
In most cases, voters’ support for legalizing Sunday sales between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m. was overwhelming—as high as 91 percent in Decatur.
But there was at least one exception in the Atlanta area: Don’t drive to Palmetto and expect to buy a six-pack on a Sunday.
Originally, Clayton County reported that Forest Park had rejected Sunday sales, but the counting machine messed up, the AJC reported Wednesday. It now appears that the measure won approval from almost 53 percent of the 700 people who voted.
Another Clayton municipality, Lovejoy, had an election on the issue that didn’t count because the city didn’t get Justice Department approval for the ballot measure in time, the Clayton News Daily reported. Those voters will get another shot, possibly in March.
March 6 is when Georgia will hold presidential primaries, and that’s when the next batch of Sunday sales measures will hit the ballot. Marietta, Cobb County and Athens are among the localities that will vote on the issue that day.
Following are the areas covered by Patches that voted on Sunday alcohol sales Tuesday; all of them approved the measure:
- Barrow County, 58 percent yes. This measure covers beer and wine.
- Cherokee County, 68 percent yes.
- Acworth, 73 percent yes.
- Alpharetta, 79 percent yes.
- Atlanta, 82 percent yes. Sales start Jan. 1.
- Auburn, 74.5 percent yes.
- Avondale Estates, 85 percent yes.
- Canton, 71.5 percent yes.
- Cartersville, 59.5 percent yes. Sales will start Dec. 4.
- Dacula, two-thirds yes. This is a beer-and-wine deal, although Dacula also approved Sunday by-the-drink sales in restaurants.
- Decatur, 91 percent yes.
- Duluth, 78 percent yes.
- Dunwoody, 79.5 percent yes. Sales become legal once the election results are certified, so you should be able to buy booze by Nov. 20.
- Grayson, 65 percent yes. It’s just beer, but, thanks to another referendum Tuesday, you’ll be able to buy booze by the drink while eating in Grayson on Sundays.
- Hiram, 55.5 percent yes.
- Holly Springs, 72 percent yes.
- Johns Creek, 79 percent yes.
- Kennesaw, 73 percent yes.
- Lawrenceville, 63 percent yes.
- Lilburn, 64 percent yes.
- Loganville, 64 percent yes. This is for beer. City voters also approved sales of liquor by the drink in restaurants on Sundays.
- Milton, 77 percent yes.
- Norcross, 70 percent yes. It’s worth noting that Norcross has no liquor stores, so this measure applies to beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores.
- Roswell, 81 percent yes.
- Sandy Springs, 85 percent yes. Sales become legal once the election results are certified.
- Smyrna, 76 percent yes. Sales become legal Jan. 1.
- Snellville, 65 percent yes.
- Stone Mountain, 71 percent yes.
- Suwanee, 76 percent yes.
- Villa Rica, 66 percent yes. (No Patch covers Villa Rica, but Douglasville is close and has the results.)
- Winder, 54.5 percent yes.
- Woodstock, 69 percent yes.