Wired PR News.com – Perry County commissioners in Alabama have voted to approve a measure declaring a holiday in honor of President Elect Barack Obama. As reported by the Associated Press, beginning in 2009, the second Monday in November is to be declared “Barack Obama Day,” and provide a paid day off for county office employees.
Perry County was noted to have shown a large amount of support for Obama on Election Day, with 70 percent of voters casting ballots in favor of the President Elect. The county has 12,000 residents, with a majority African American population. The state of Alabama overall gave a majority 60 percent of voter support to Senator John McCain for the recent election, with a majority of white voters in favor of the Republican candidate.
As noted in the AP report, the vote for the new holiday was 4 to 1. Perry County Commissioner Brett Harrison was cited as voting against the resolution because of the costs he stated would be incurred as a result. However, he was quoted as stating “The recognition is certainly well-founded.”