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‘No Sale’: Paulding Alcohol Vote Fails

Less than 2 percent of county voters took part in the vote that could have brought Sunday package sales to Paulding.

Proponents of Sunday package sales in Paulding likely weren’t raising their glasses Tuesday night.

According to results posted at the Watson Government Complex in Dallas, 57.1 percent of voters who took part in the alcohol referendum said no to Sunday sales. The no votes took it with 665 ballots to 499 in favor of Sunday sales.

According to the posted results, 1,167 ballots were cast out of the county’s 79,672 registered voters—a turnout of just 1.46 percent.

Deidre Holden, supervisor of the Paulding County Elections office, told Dallas-Hiram Patch the final vote totals were 760 for Sunday sales to 942 against— a larger vote count but still resulting in defeat for the measure. Holden said unofficial vote totals would be posted on the county website on Wednesday.

Though Tuesday’s vote failed, many county residents do not have to drive far to make alcohol purchases on Sunday. In November 2011, Hiram voters approved a measure to allow the city to issue licenses for Sunday package sales of alcohol. The vote in that election was 146 to 117, or 55.5 to 44.5 percent.

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Jeff McElroy March 20, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Nothing like using the governments monopoly on the use of force to compel other people to live their lives how YOU think they should live it. If you are religious, and that religion states no drinks on Sunday, you shouldn't need a prohibition on sale of alcohol on that day to follow your religion. Why do you insist on forcing folks who don't believe what you do to observe your customs? This vote doesn't really affect me because I don't drink, but in a free society people should have a choice.
Lowell March 21, 2013 at 01:26 AM
It is, of course not a moral issue. It should not be a religious issue. It is purely a government policy issue. It is not anyone's place to use the mechanisms of government to inflict their idea of morality on anyone else. Do it instead with your personal witness and behavioral example. Most importantly in this case, this is just dumb. This isn't going to enforce even your morality on anyone. They simply can go a few miles to Cobb or Hiram, for example, and get what they want when they want it. Store owners with your moral standard don't have to open on Sunday. This doesn't save any "lives destroyed by alcohol." If you think such people won't drink because they can't buy it on Sunday, you have no common sense.
timothy March 21, 2013 at 03:16 AM
get rid of the peoples that think that they knows whats better for you than you know for yourself.
bubba wite March 21, 2013 at 01:45 PM
It's obvious that nobody even cares anymore being that less than 2 percent of the registered voters even showed up.. I agree with Lowell there is no morality in alcohol sales.. there is no such thing as a 'holy day' either
Joe Tidwell September 29, 2013 at 03:14 PM
OMFG I'VE GOT TO GET OUT OF THIS COUNTY. YOU STUPID RELIGIOUS PEOPLE FORCE YOUR BELIEFS ON OTHERS LIKE NOBODY HAS MORALS EXCEPT FOR YOU. YOU ARE THE CANCER OF SOCIETY. YOU WILL BE THE MINORITY SOON ENOUGH. THIS IS THE AGE OF INFORMATION, YOU WERE RAISED IN THE AGE OF IGNORANCE. LOGIC AND REASON ARE ALL THAT SHOULD EXIST ESPECIALLY ON POLICY ISSUES, YOU AND YOUR DESTRUCTIVE BELIEFS SHOULD NOT. OPEN YOUR EYES. SUNDAY IS JUST A DAY.

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