Residents in eight South Carolina counties – and two municipalities – can now legally purchase alcohol on Sundays after voters approved local referendums this week.
The counties that approved Sunday sales this week were: Anderson, Calhoun, Darlington, Edgefield, Florence (in bars and restaurants only), Greenwood, Laurens and Marlboro. Meanwhile three towns – Abbeville, Allendale and Clemson, S.C. – approved similar referendums.
Prior to Tuesday, 25 South Carolina counties already permitted Sunday sales – meaning once these results are certified, only 13 of the state’s 46 counties will still enforce this prohibition. Meanwhile, sixteen municipalities allowed Sunday sales prior to this week’s voting.
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While most of the referendums were not particularly controversial, the Laurens County measure – which passed with 55 percent of the vote – could wind up inviting a court challenge.
What happened? Well, the county election commission added the words “unincorporated portions of the county” to the language of the ballot measure – hoping to preserve the autonomy of town leaders in Laurens, Clinton, Gray Court and Waterloo regarding Sunday alcohol sales.
This added language was not part of the proposed ordinance approved by county council, however.
Meaning voters approved something different than what was supposed to have been put to them …
County administrator Jon Caime told The Laurens County Advertiser the language was “changed to make the referendum legal.”
Really? We wonder if Caime knows how this process works …
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