Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County Board of Elections unanimously voted Wednesday to put Sunday alcohol sales and a vacant city commission seat up to the voters for consideration.
Wednesday’s action means that voters who live within the corporate city limits will be allowed to vote on whether businesses within the city can sell packaged alcohol on Sunday.
The vote has no impact on voters or businesses in unincorporated Dougherty County.
Earlier this year, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Sunday Sales law which gives city and county governments the opportunity to call for referendums on the sale of alcohol on Sunday.
The other item on the agenda stems from Ward II Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard’s decision to run for mayor.
By qualifying for mayor, City Attorney Nathan Davis told the board that the state constitution requires her to vacate her commission seat.
The board’s vote Wednesday officially sets a special election to fill the seat, although the election day will be on the same date as the other municipal elections.
At this point, no one has publicly announced any intentions to seek the office, although qualifying won’t begin until Sept. 14.