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City voters OK Sunday sales

It won't be long before restaurants in the City of Thomson can sell alcoholic beverages to patrons on Sundays.

The reason: Voters approved such a measure during Tuesday's special election.

A total of 279 voters cast ballots on the single "yes-no" question. Unofficial election returns saw 170 voters or 60.93 percent support the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at restaurants on Sundays, while 109 voters or 39.07 percent opposed the idea, according to Phyllis Wheeler, city/county elections director.

Ms. Wheeler said voter turnout is traditionally "very light" in many special elections, especially when there's only one issue on the ballot. A total of 3,799 voters in the city were eligible to have participated in the special election.

During the 12 hours that voters had an opportunity to vote on Tuesday, the busiest of the three voting precincts in the city was at Thomson City Hall. There, a total of 97 voters cast ballots - 74 of them approving the measure and 23 of them opposing it.

At the city's second precinct, Thomson Fire Headquarters, only 26 voters cast ballots from the time the polls opened at 7 a.m. until they closed at 7 p.m. Elections Central, meanwhile, located on White Oak Road, only saw seven voters cast ballots during that same period - four supporting the issue and three against it.

Web posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009

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