In 127 cities and counties across Georgia, referendums to permit the Sunday retail sale of alcohol had an 82 percent success rate, according to a list compiled by the Georgia Food Industry Association, one of the efforts’ chief backers.
Be the first on your block to see the list here. Twenty-one counties and cities voted down the measure. Of those, 13 were south of I-20. Albany, Americus, Brunswick, Swainsboro, Sumter County, and Waycross were the largest entities to defeat the measure.
North of I-20, Elbert and Whitfield counties said no.
But the number of yes votes was breath-taking. Two-thirds of more than 266,000 Georgians who cast ballots on the issue Tuesday voted yes. Even the city of Perry, home to Sonny Perdue – who as governor blocked the legislation through his two terms – passed the measure with a 55 percent majority.
Decatur had the highest margin of passage, by 91 percent.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider