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13 Gwinnett cities to hold Sunday sales votes Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia's blue laws kept Sunday sacrosanct for decades.

But over the years, things have changed.

Stores and restaurants are now often open on Sundays, save Chick-fil-A, which has famously kept the Sabbath holy.

And with votes, some very controversial, communities have opened up taps at restaurants on weekends, while also allowing liquor by the drink.

But Georgia remained one of the few places in the country where you couldn't pick up a six-pack at the local grocery store on Sundays.

That could change soon in many parts of the state, including 13 cities in Gwinnett.

"We've heard from our consumers that they would like to vote on it," said Glen Wilkins, a spokesman for Walmart. For many, "this is the day that we shop."

Many of the local Walmarts and grocery stores are located within the limits of the 13 cities that will have hold referenda Tuesday, including Snellville, Lawrenceville and Lilburn.

But others, like the Hamilton Mill and Centerville locations are in unincorporated Gwinnett County, where commissioners decided against placing the issue on this year's ballot.

Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said leaders decided they did not want to have an issue that would distract from a vote on an education sales tax, but that means that, if the city referenda pass, laws will be different depending on the store that you visit.

Brenda Reid, a spokesman for Publix, said that issue could be solved simply by programming computers at the local supermarkets.

"Of course, we will follow the law if certain cities want to you can only (buy at certain times)," she said.

"Our primary goal is to be able to serve our customers," Reid said, adding that local managers would be able to help customers find another nearby supermarket if they can't buy beer there. "We are accustomed to telling customers it is not available."

Wilkins agreed that his stores would make the best of the situation.

"We'll do everything we can to keep that customer, inside the confines of the law," he said of people would could find another store if the locale doesn't allow Sunday sales. "We don't want to lose that customers, but we don't have any control about it."

City residents can vote on the issue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cities of Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwanee. Votes will also be held in the city of Winder and Barrow County.

Comments

JV 2 years, 11 months ago

"Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said leaders decided they did not want to have an issue that would distract from a vote on an education sales tax..."

Say what? I voting against ESPLOTS but I would have voted for Sunday sales. Great to have such options at the ballot. Thanks a lot!

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Mack711 2 years, 11 months ago

Hope this passes in all the cities. Then Mrs. Nash may realize that it should have been on the ballot. Look at all the $$$$$ she stands to lose.The citizens that do not want to have sales on Sunday fine and good, but lets have a vote, then do not buy it if you object to it. Simple

We will be voting NO for E-SPLOST.

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jljustis 2 years, 11 months ago

How can you trust any corrupt local officials? The board abuses tax revenue the same as the commissioners. The additional funds will line contractor and land investor pockets. It is time to stand up to the corruption in Gwinnett County. Vote No to collecting and wasting more taxpayer dollars. Vote the school board and county commissioners out.

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jjbod1 2 years, 11 months ago

I also agree with the others. They could of put Sunday sales on the ballot, which if passed could of generated the needed tax dollars. Now because of that same reason, I also will make it a point to vote against the E-SPLOST on Tuesday. Hey Charlotte, stick that in your glass and drink it!!

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OrganicGrl 2 years, 11 months ago

I totally agree with @JV, Mack711 and jljustis. When do we get to vote all of these people out the office.? Gwinnett is definitely not what it used to be.

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Bruce 2 years, 11 months ago

I drink very little socially, but would like the freedom to do it whenever I please. As a responsible adult, it should be my right.

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SRA 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree with jjbod1 and others. In their infinite wisdom, Mrs. Nash and the rest have decided that while they CAN'T make ends meet without the E-SPLOST, they CAN do just fine without the additional tax revenue that Sunday sales would generate. Hopefully, enough like-minded voters will do what I intend to do in response: let's see how they manage without EITHER source of additional tax revenue.

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g_netter 2 years, 11 months ago

Charlotte Nash, that is one of the, ahem, less intelligent things i've heard in my life. Do students only have tests with one question because we don't want to distract them by having two or more questions?

It is actually very inefficient to spend all this time and money just to have one issue on the county ballot. just as well, I made way down and voted no already for the ESPLOST (while the HOT lane exists, I vote no on any SPLOST).

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Mack711 2 years, 11 months ago

She makes Bannister look like a Saint.

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Exador3 2 years, 11 months ago

I wrote to Charlotte Nash immediately after passage of the state-wide lifting of the ban. She wrote back to me, assuring me that she would do all she could to get it on the next ballot. Amazing. Money is all politicians are interested in.

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Exador3 2 years, 11 months ago

I made a point to vote no on the ESPLOST.

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Karl 2 years, 11 months ago

The reason Nash didn't allow the Sunday sales question on the same ballot as the ESPLOST tax increase is because she (and GCPS) knew that a lot more folks would come out and vote if the Sunday sales question was on the ballot. More voters at the polls would mean that ESPLOST would fail. They are date shopping their elections to insure their desired outcome.

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Mack711 2 years, 11 months ago

Just went and voted and like all the others, what a waste oi county funds for only one issue. Voted NO for E-SPLOST TAX. Wantde to vote to Sunday sales but Mrs. Nash took that away from us. Will remember that come election day Mrs Nash. Vote.

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MelissaLipnutz 2 years, 11 months ago

On my way home from work I'll pick up some beer and hopefully not become so distracted as to forget to stop and vote against e-splost!

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JV 2 years, 11 months ago

Turn out was very very low at 7:10 am this morning at my polling place. Guess it will be mostly Gwinnett school administrators and teachers voting.

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/users/photos/2011/nov/08/30754/

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MelissaLipnutz 2 years, 11 months ago

Didn't take long to vote "no" for e-splost after work. Only item on the ballot for my precinct. I did, however, become distracted and forgot to buy the beer. Next on the agenda: t-splost.

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Mack711 2 years, 11 months ago

After voting NO on the E-SPLOST today met several neighbors who all said that Mrs. Nash pulled a 'fast" one on the citizens. By not permitting us to vote on Sunday sales not many would be there to vote. So the E-SLOST may stand a better chance to pass. Had Sunday sales been on the ballot there may have been a larger turn out. She is almost as slick as Charlie Bannister, we all know what happened to him.

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