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Albany voters will get to decide whether stores will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays.

In a 5 to 2 vote, Albany city commissioners approved putting a referendum on the November ballot.

If voters say yes, stores could sell alcohol on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. It was a heated issue between some city commissioners Tuesday night.

"To me this is direct democracy, said City Commissioner, Roger Marietta. "People should have their say and the majority will rule. "

Commissioner Tommie Postell wanted to discuss the issue more before taking a vote on it.

"We should remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy," said Postell. "Are you keeping it holy by getting people to go get drunk and having them buy liquor, wine, and beer? We needed to discuss this more before voting on it."

The issue will go on the November ballet for the people of Albany to decide.