Nov 5, 2021 - Politics

One vote made the difference in this Columbus election

A liquor bottle with several "I Voted" stickers on it.

Maura Losch/Axios

Liquor options are usually the type of overlooked ballot items that rarely have election night drama, but Bexley Liquor Agency on Livingston Avenue had a much closer sweat in its quest for legal Sunday sales.

  • The unofficial count from Tuesday's election: 134 votes in favor, 133 votes against.

What they're saying: A store employee who answered the phone Thursday morning had not yet heard the vote result, but thanked us for the news.

  • The store normally closes on Sundays, they said, but the ballot victory means it could stay open all week long.

Meanwhile, the result of another ballot option a mile away from Bexley Liquor Agency shows just how one-sided these votes can be.

  • A whopping 90% of voters approved liquor sales at the nearby Addellas on Oak bar.

Yes, but: There remain at least 2,000 provisional ballots across Franklin County that have yet to be counted, Board of Elections spokesperson Aaron Sellers tells Axios.

  • Any one of those provisional ballots cast in Bexley Liquor Agency's voting precinct could change the outcome. (A tie on the ballot means the store loses.)

Either way, there will be an automatic recount later this month because of the close result.


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