The election was over in Jeffersonville. It was Tuesday night, going on closing time at Jville Package store on North Railroad Street. A customer walked in with the news.
You got lucky, she told the clerk. You almost had to work on Sundays. It didnt pass by one vote.
The customer was talking about a referendum that, had it passed, would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales in Jeffersonville, a city of 764 registered voters.
Eighty-nine voted yes.
Ninety voted no.
But word was slow to get out.
Wednesday morning, a customer called Jville Package clerk Josh Dixon to ask if the store would be opening on Sundays now.
He hadnt realized that the referendum hadnt passed by one vote until I told him, Dixon said.
I know there were people that when they heard about it they were kicking themselves, thinking, If Id gone up there and voted ... But, you know, these are the same people that always say theyre going to go vote but never do.
Lately, Twiggs County has had its share of close races.
In Danville, a town of 350 just down U.S. 80 from Jeffersonville, last falls mayoral election was decided by one vote, 49-48.
Marette Fair, the countys elections superintendent, said three or four folks called her office Wednesday about the Sunday-alcohol-sales issue, wondering how there could be yet another single-vote margin.
And were saying, Well, because thats how the votes came out, Fair said.
I talked to another elections superintendent (Wednesday) and told her about it. She said, No, youre kidding? I said, No, I wish I was. ... Its like, you dont want to run in our county because youll only win or lose by one vote.
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.