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Grovetown, Harlem voters head to polls Tuesday

Posted: November 6, 2011 - 12:03am  |  Updated: November 6, 2011 - 1:27am

Harlem and Grovetown voters haven’t been in a rush to vote in their municipal elections. Well into three weeks of early and advance voting, a total of just 15 voters had cast ballots as of Friday.

To cast those few ballots, city voters had to travel to the Board of Elections office in Evans. That isn’t exactly convenient.

Now that the preliminaries are over, though, there are far fewer excuses not to vote Tuesday. Both have competitive races for city council seats, with good candidates seeking available posts.

For the long term, the biggest question on the ballot is the Grovetown referendum to allow Sunday package sales of alcohol. We recommend approval.

First, pragmatically, allowing package sales now has the potential for increasing commerce into the city because Grovetown officials put the question to voters before anyone else in the area.

Second, practically, the change corrects an obvious flaw. Current law encourages adults to travel to a restaurant on Sundays, consume alcohol and travel home – yet makes it illegal to drive to a store on Sunday, buy alcohol and take it home to consume.

Voters in Grovetown Tuesday can correct that flaw, and boost commerce to their city at the same time. That’s a win.

If you’re not one of those 15 early voters, be sure to cast your ballot Tuesday.

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