Election 2011 results: E-SPLOSTs pass, APS race heads to runoff, Decatur really wants Sunday booze
OK, so where do we start?
- With nearly all votes counted, it appears that an extension of a 1-cent sales tax to pay for Atlanta and Fulton County schools' capital programs — or E-SPLOST — has passed 64-36. (Any thoughts on how that might affect next year's sewer and T-SPLOST referenda?)
- Ditto the E-SPLOST in Decatur and DeKalb County. According to unofficial results reported by WAGA, residents voted 63-37 to approve the measure.
- None of the five candidates vying to fill the open Atlanta Public Schools' District 2 board seat garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. Which means it's time for a runoff. First-time candidate Angela Brown, who received 38 percent of the vote, will face off against community organizer Byron Amos, the runner-up.
- Decaturites really really wanted the right to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays. According to unofficial results, at least 91 percent of voters supported the measure — the widest margin we've seen. Wear that as a badge of honor. Seriously.
- Interested in what other cities and counties approved — or rejected — Sunday alcohol sales? Check out this handy interactive map. Forest Park said thanks, but no thanks. Said Forest Park Mayor Corine Deyton to the AJC after city voters blocked the proposal:
"That's the Lord's day, in my opinion,' said Deyton, a Sunday school teacher whose son is a Baptist music minister. "If you can't do without alcohol one day a week, there's something bad wrong with you."