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Polls close for alcohol sales voting in Sylvester

Voting has ended for a referendum that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday Voting has ended for a referendum that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday
One voter says that selling alcohol on Sunday would help boost the town's economy One voter says that selling alcohol on Sunday would help boost the town's economy
Only beer and wine sales would be allowed on Sunday if the referendum receives enough support Only beer and wine sales would be allowed on Sunday if the referendum receives enough support
Despite the controversy of the issue, voter turnout was low Despite the controversy of the issue, voter turnout was low
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

The polls are now closed in Sylvester for folks voting on a referendum to allow alcohol sales on Sunday. It's a hot topic, but turnout was low on Tuesday in Sylvester as voters decide on a referendum that would allow stores to sell beer and wine on Sundays.  

Precinct one manager Darlene Walters says confusion about the voting location could be to blame especially since early voting was held at the Worth County Courthouse."There has been some confusion because earlier it said go to your precinct, but city voting has always been held here at the Henry Woolard Hall. We still have some people that go to the courthouse and they're redirected to the correct voting location," said Walters.

Some people oppose the referendum for religious reasons while others feel Sunday sales would simply bring more revenue to town. "I think selling alcohol on Sunday, will do a little something for the economy around here," said one voter.

 Sylvester wouldn't be the first to approve of alcohol sales on Sunday. "They did it in Ashburn, people down here wouldn't have to go way to Ashburn to get alcohol on Sundays,  by them doing it down in Sylvester, people from other counties could come get it from our town and bring more money into our economy," said a voter that supports the proposal.

Despite the enthusiasm of some, only about 96 people came out to vote early and around noon on Tuesday not even 30 voters had arrived at the polls."I'd seen last week where only a few people had voted in the early voting, that's when I decided that I needed to vote today," said voter Allen Grimsley.

While the mixed feelings on the referendum may remain and number of voters may be slim, soon a decision will be revealed.

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