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Georgia Voters Will Decide On Sunday Alcohol Sales

5:35 PM, Nov 9, 2011   |    comments
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ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Tuesday night Georgia voters decided the future of Sunday alcohol sales at grocery and convenience stores in 89 Georgia cities.

Locally, all of Glynn County, parts of Camden County and the City of Waycross were all affected.

According to the unofficial results, Glynn County voters approved the measure allowing purchase of alcohol on Sundays with 54.91 percent voting for it and 45.09 percent against it.

Woodbine voters nixed the law with 44.39 percent of voters for it and 55.61 percent against it.

In St. Marys, it was approved, with 67.55 percent voting for Sunday sales and 32.45 percent voting against the measure.

Seven hundred forty-four people voted for Sunday sales in Waycross and 898 voted against it.

Sean McGuire views the lack of Georgia alcohol sales on Sunday as a religious mandate.  "I believe in the separation of church and state," he said.

McGuire, an atheist, said the government should not regulate when he can and can't buy alcohol.  He said, "If it's part of your religion, you should have the self-control just not to do it, rather than just force other people to not be able to."

Elmra Howe believes Sunday sales should stop after 2:00 p.m.  "It can affect the workers when they go to work Monday morning," he said.  "Because it takes a certain period of time to get rid of the alcohol in your system," Howe added.
Howe said he realizes that could apply to any day of the week, but he thinks people drink more on the weekends.

Some people say it has nothing to with religious or work, but simply convenience. Erica Van Zant said, "People have the right to drink whenever they want. Sometimes on Sundays you want to get a beer or something," she said.


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