Election: Alcohol question on ballotBy SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Coweta County voters will decide in Tuesday’s election whether restaurants and stores in unincorporated Coweta can sell alcohol on Sundays.
All Coweta voters, including those who live in cities, are eligible to vote on the county questions.
The Coweta questions apply to beer and wine sales in stores as well as beer, wine and liquor sales in restaurants.
In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly passed a law allowing Sunday package sales if local voters approve the sales.
Newnan, Senoia, and Palmetto voted on the issue last November.
The referendum passed overwhelmingly in Newnan and Senoia but failed in Palmetto. Sharpsburg and Haralson voters approved Sunday sales in March.
The question hasn’t yet been put on the ballot in Turin and Moreland.
Restaurants in unincorporated Coweta have been able to serve liquor drinks since 2003 but no Sunday alcohol sales have ever been allowed.
Senoia and Newnan have had Sunday sales in restaurants since 2005 and 2008, respectively.
In Grantville, the Sunday sales question will apply to beer, wine and liquor, because Grantville already allows package liquor sales.
The liquor by the drink referendum, however, is only for six days a week. Grantville restaurants currently are allowed to serve beer and wine, but not liquor.
Sunday sales could be added at a future election.