The Greer Election Commission has certified the results of Tuesday’s referendum in which voters cleared the way for grocery and convenience stores in the Greer city limits to apply for a license through the South Carolina Department of Revenue to sell beer and wine on Sundays.
Election commissioners counted one additional absentee ballot and 25 provisional ballots. The final vote was 2,606 (62.58 percent) in favor of Sunday alcohol sales and 1,558 (37.42 percent) against.
Greenville County voters, by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, rejected a one percent sales tax Tuesday that would have gone for road improvements. The sales tax plan failed 63 percent to 37 percent.
Upstate city governments approved resolutions, chambers of commerce threw its support behind the sales tax, and a well-funded public relations campaign wasn’t enough to persuade voters this was the best plan to improve the county’s roads.
South Carolina’s Tim Scott became the first African-American senator to win election in the South since Reconstruction on Tuesday. He also became the first African-American in U.S. history to be elected to both the House and the Senate.
Only hours before the polls closed Tuesday, Scott made his final visit on his campaign to Sugar Creek Clubhouse in Greer, a voting precinct.
Greer voters face two referendums Tuesday in an election that has more a state impact than local governing officials.
Mike Burns (District 17), Tommy Stringer (18), Phyllis Henderson (21) and Rita Allison (36) are all unopposed. Trey Gowdy is opposed by Libertarian candidate Curtis McLaughlin.