People across metro Atlanta will vote Tuesday, November 6, on a number of key races and local ballot measures. This includes the “mimosa mandate”, which would allow the sale of alcohol at restaurants and bars to begin at 11 a.m. on Sundays rather than 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 17 in May — the “Sunday Brunch Bill” or “mimosa mandate” — making it the law of the land and thrusting the state into the 21st century. However, residents throughout the state must now vote to include the new law on the books in their communities.
The ballot measure reads as follows:
“Shall the governing authority of the CITY/COUNTY be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM?”
A “yes” vote is in favor of allowing the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning in a specific city/county. Voting “no” keeps the current time of 12:30 p.m. to begin the sale of alcohol in restaurants and bars on Sunday in a specific city/county.
In 2015, the Georgia Restaurant Association estimated allowing Sunday morning alcohol sales could generate an average of $25,000 per year for the state’s restaurants.
The following is a list of cities and counties throughout metro Atlanta in which the Sunday alcohol sales measure is on the ballot. Some counties have also put the measure on the ballot to cover people living in unincorporated areas. Check the sample ballot for your city or county prior to heading to the polls on Tuesday, November 6.
Other metro Atlanta cities voting on Sunday alcohol sales:
If a city/county lists the measure on the ballot but is not included here, please contact Eater Atlanta via the tipline.