Big margins of victory in cities' Sunday sales votes

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Voters in 12 local cities embraced a new law to allow package sales of beer and wine on Sundays.

After years of debate in the General Assembly, voters were quick to accept Sunday sales at grocery and convenience stores in nearly all local cities.

Many Gwinnett voters were disappointed to find that the provision was not on countywide ballots, according to emails and phone calls, but county commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday to place the matter on March ballots.

In the meantime, people will be able to pick up six-packs at stores in nearly every local city, save Buford, where the matter was not on the ballot.

The Sunday sales measure also passed in Barrow and its county seat of Winder.

The margins were wide: 155 to 53 in Auburn, 206 to 34 in Berkeley Lake, 220 to 47 in Braselton, 987 to 281 in Duluth, 1,001 to 591 in Lawrenceville, 436 to 183 in Norcross, 612 to 141 in Sugar Hill, 1,821 to 971 in Snellville and 1,023 to 341 in Suwanee.

In Grayson, residents voted 225 to 119 for Sunday package sales and 206 to 138 in favor of allowing liquor stores to open in the city.

In Loganville, Sunday package sales were approved by a vote of 560 to 320, and Sunday sales of liquor by the drink in restaurants got the nod by a vote of 565 to 314.

In Dacula, retail sales on Sundays posted a slightly higher margin of victory -- 201 to 111 -- compared to liquor-by-the-drink on Sundays, which won 198 to 115.

Results of Lilburn's referendum were not available early Wednesday.