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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:23am

Rural Areas Cool To Sunday Sales Vote

Rural Georgians aren't rushing to put a Sunday alcohol sales question on their ballots.

It's been two weeks since Governor Nathan Deal signed a law letting local governments poll voters on the issue.

But there's more than dry politics at play.

Rural areas do tend to be more conservative on alcohol sales.

But some of their elected leaders say, they are hearing from both sides.

One concern, however, goes beyond the standard argument of preserving the Sunday Sabbath.

McIntosh County Commissioner Kelly Spratt says, changing the law costs money.

"Rural counties don't have the benefit of having commercial establishments that would generate a lot of revenue off Sunday sales enough to warrant the expense of a special election," Spratt says. "That well might be why you see some discrepancy between rural areas and more developed metro areas

If rural areas do want to vote, they'll likely wait until their next big elections.

In many cases, that's next year.

Since Governor Deal signed the Sunday sales law, a flurry of Metro Atlanta areas have committed to a vote.

Other parts of the state, however, mostly have stayed silent on the issue.

Whitfield County near Chattanooga and Garden City near Savannah are two non-Metro Atlanta areas that recently have called for Sunday sales votes.