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Sunday alcohol sales gets its day on the ballot in Morrow

MORROW — This year’s municipal election in Morrow will decide more than who fills two open council seats.

Voters in the city must also decide whether they want to remain the lone hold-out on Sunday alcohol sales in the county, or if they want to be the final piece that makes the county completely wet seven days a week.

The first question on the city’s election ballot this year is, “Shall the governing authority of the City of Morrow, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?”

Voters in many areas across Georgia have had to answer similar questions over the last two years. Sunday alcohol sales in Clayton County got off to a fast start in 2011 when it was approved by five of the county’s seven cities amid a statewide wave of cities holding newly legal referendums on the issue.

Lovejoy jumped on the bandwagon when voters in that city approved the sales in March 2012, and the electorate in unincorporated areas of the county approved it in their areas later in the year.

In less than a year, the county went from package alcohol sales on Sundays not being allowed anywhere in the county, to Morrow being the only place where it was illegal. After the sales were approved in unincorporated areas of the county, Mayor Joseph “J.B.” Burke began pushing to have Morrow look into the issue and now voters will have that opportunity.