Another Sunday sales election on July 31
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
April 04, 2012 12:30 AM | 5207 views | 13 13 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — A Superior Court judge canceled the outcome of the March 6 referendum on Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated Cobb County and ordered a new election to take place on July 31.

This time, all voters in the county will weigh in on the question, even those who live in one of Cobb’s six cities.

If voters approve the Sunday sales question on July 31, as they did on March 6, it would go into effect August 12, Cobb Board of Commissioners Chairman Tim Lee said.

Senior Paulding Superior Court Judge Arthur Fudger served as the acting Cobb Superior Court judge for the case when Cobb judges recused themselves.

Lee said he approved of Fudger’s decision.

“We’re fortunate that we have the opportunity to do it as quickly as we do without incurring any additional costs, so hopefully the community will have strong confidence in the electoral process, and we can move forward,” Lee said.

According to Lee, county attorney Dorothy Bishop told Cobb Elections Director Janine Eveler that only residents who live in unincorporated Cobb should vote on the question on March 6, not city residents.

Yet city residents pay county taxes and are governed by the county as well as their city, and so have the right to vote on county-related questions, according to the challenge brought by former state Rep. Roger Hines of Acworth, represented by Marietta attorney Justin O’Dell.

The consent order, signed by Fudger on Monday, was filed in the Cobb Superior Court Clerk’s Office on Tuesday.
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Max's Bacon
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April 04, 2012
The important thing is that the residents of the incorporated cities get to have their votes counted twice.
anonymous
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April 04, 2012
This was a ruse to get more people to the polls to vote for TSPLOST.

The county government knew the TSPLOST was going to be voted down by a well-informed electorate.

This shady move gets voters less informed about TSPLOST into the polls to vote for Sunday sales.
Mike B
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July 18, 2012
Are you implying that anyone voting "yes" for Sunday alcohol sales is an "uninformed voter" when it comes to the TSPLOST?

I'd like to think that i'm pretty well informed and I'll be voting "yes" for both.
Choppy Seas
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April 04, 2012
Clowns. All of them are clowns. This county spends money needlessly and capriciously and we are newly taxed so that we can, as Woody puts it, have a certain quality of life. Wasteful spending. Shameful conduct. If the County Attorney gave bad advice, let her shoulder the expense of the new election. Of course, if they did that, Brock and Clay would be out of business with the way they have handled the CCS business. Next time I vote I want to see Tim and Woody working elsewhere.
NoBooze!
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April 04, 2012
hopefully they vote it down this time--there is way too much drinking around here now--they don't need more on sunday. All liquor sales should be outlawed on sunday!
Smyrna
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April 04, 2012
So beer and wine are cool with you?
ModernPatriot
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April 04, 2012
So you want the city businesses taking revenue from county businesses? Or do you just want people who want to drink go to restaurants and drive home? Lets stop being the laughing stock of the rest of America and move to the 20th century and legalize alcohol sales on Sundays.

The biggest shame is we have to spend more money on an election because a few idiots believe they can beat a 75% pro-alcohol sale vote with the cities, who all voted legalizing alcohol sales on Sunday by a super majority vote.
Just Wait
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April 05, 2012
And you automatically assume that the ability to purchase alcohol on Sunday will result in increased drinking. Oh please!
Leeboat
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May 29, 2012
What gives you the right to tell others what to do with or how to enjoy their weekends? This is America and mine is none of your business.
Jim Hobson
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July 31, 2012
YES and Amen! I'm old enough to have seen the "fun side", the "dark side" and what happens from all of this. If you want to drink on Sunday all you have to do is think a few minutes ahead and buy on Saturday. There is nothing wrong, and a LOT good, about having a day of relative sobriety.
VFP42
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April 04, 2012
This is obviously a set up for being able to void the election results in July if the tax vote does not turn out as hoped by the county.

If they don't like the results, they will void the July election results and declare a do-over of the whole July election, including the tax question, based on the alcohol vote question.

Of course this will be contrary to the just held election where they gladly kept the "Newt" result but threw out the alcohol sales result.

In my opinion, all those involved should be put in prison. Forever.

Perhaps someone could sue to keep the alcohol question off the ballot since it is obviously a questionable vote and imperils the tax vote results.
A Taxpayer
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April 04, 2012
Yeah, really. Fire that incompetent fool.
Gimme a Break
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April 04, 2012
Please add "Should Dorothy Bishop retain her position as county attorney?" to the ballot.
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