For residents of Grovetown and Harlem wondering why the Columbia County alcohol referendum wasn’t on their ballot, it’s because they live inside those cities.
The Sunday alcohol sales referendum, passed by county voters in Tuesday’s election, will allow packaged alcohol to be sold in stores in the unincorporated areas of the county on Sunday.
So residents of the cities didn’t have a say in the decision, county attorney Doug Batchelor said.
“They don’t live in the unincorporated areas,” Bathelor said. “It only applies to the unincorporated areas.”
Harlem residents approved on the same ballot a similar Sunday alcohol sales referendum to be applied to establishments within the city.
Grovetown residents approved Sunday alcohol sales in November and establishments began selling packaged alcohol on Sunday late last year.
“They already have their own (Sunday alcohol sales approval),” Batchelor said. “The people that live in the unincorporated area of the county voted on the unincorporated area.”