A majority of voters chose to say “no” to Sunday alcohol sales of packaged beverages in unincorporated parts of the county last week. A total of 1,707 of Paulding’s 79,672 registered voters — about 2.1 percent — made their voices heard, with 941 residents voting against Sunday sales and 760 voting for them, according to the election summary report from the county Elections and Voter Registration Department.
County Commission Chairman David Austin said it was disappointing to see so few residents voting. Elections Supervisor Deidre Holden said participating in the special election did not seem to be a priority for residents.
“I just don’t think there were a lot of people interested in it,” she said.
However, Pastor Tony Samples of Pickett’s Mill Baptist Church was interested in the election.
“I’m grateful it didn’t pass,” Samples said.
He said he believed Sunday is God’s day and a time for family which needs to be protected.
“It is a moral issue,” Samples said.
He said he believed residents were choosing between morality and revenue from the sales.
Though relatively few voters turned out, the race was still close with only 181 votes separating the two sides out of 1,707 cast.
“I think the people in our county are torn on what they want,” Austin said.
Commissioners now must decide if there is a need to put it back on the ballot for another vote, Austin said.