The hotly contested issue of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), both countywide and in the Town of Taylorsville, were passed by a wide margin on Tuesday, Nov. 8, according to unofficial results. Graham is the only dry county left in North Carolina, according to the NC ABC Commission.
In the Malt Beverage election, there were 10,288 votes in favor and 7,703 against. The measure had more voters in favor that against in the majority of voting districts except in Gwaltney 1 & 2, Little River and Sugar Loaf, and Sharpes 1 & 2.
For the Countywide Unfortified Wine sales, 10,378 voted in favor and 7,614 voted against. As with the above issue, the majority of voters in Gwaltney 1 & 2, Little River and Sugar Loaf, and Sharpes 1 & 2 voting districts voted against the sale.
In the question of countywide ABC Stores, the vote total was 10,683 in favor and 7,349 against. Only in Gwaltney 1 & 2 and Little River and Sugar Loaf voting districts did the majority vote against ABC stores.
The Mixed Beverage countywide election was favored by 10,386 voters, while 7,669 voted against. Also here, Gwaltney 1 & 2, Little River and Sugar Loaf, and Sharpes 1 & 2 voters had majority votes against the countywide sale of mixed beverages.
Town of Taylorsville
The vote for Malt Beverage sales inside the Town of Taylorsville had 598 votes in favor and 319 votes against. There were 600 votes in favor of Mixed Beverage in town, with 317 voting against.