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Record low turnout possible for alcohol vote today



A possible record low turnout for Pickens County is expected when voters go to the polls today to decide whether Pickens stores (outside the city limits of Jasper) may sell alcohol by the package on Sundays.

With early turnout barely squeaking past one percent of registered voters, it is thought that interest on Tuesday will be similarly scarce.


Voters should remember that on election day, they must vote at their district polling spot, not the central election office on Pioneer Road used for early voting.


Original Story --As of Friday morning, the last day of early voting, slightly over 1 percent of the registered voters had bothered to cast a ballot on the Sunday sale of alcohol by the package. The elections office reported about 10 a.m. this morning that only 1 person had voted today moving the total number of early votes to 236.


Elections Superintendent Julie Roberts said in an earlier story that she is expecting an extremely low turnout at the polls next Tuesday. 

If voters pass the referendum, the only question to appear on the March 19 ballot, 10 retailers including one supermarket in the Yellow Creek area will be allowed to sell by the package on Sundays. Retailers inside the city limits of Jasper have been able to sell on Sunday since voters there passed the measure in July last year. 

The surrounding jurisdictions of Dawsonville, Dawson County, Forsyth County, Cumming, Cherokee County, Ball Ground, Canton, Lumpkin County and the City of Jasper have all legalized Sunday package sales. 

Regular polling places will be open throughout the county next Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.