No alcohol sales are allowed in nearly half of the counties in Arkansas, but statewide alcohol sales are one step closer to becoming a reality.
Organizers with the group Let Arkansas Decide said they should know by Friday morning (July 18) if statewide alcohol sales will make it onto the November ballot.
David Couch is one of the leaders of the group.
“On July 7th we turned in 84,900 signatures,” Couch said.
The Secretary of State then began verifying the signatures. Couch said he needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to get the green light.
“I expect tomorrow that we will know exactly how many signatures he have from registered voters,” Couch said.
If voters pass the initiative, all 75 counties in the state will be able to serve and sell alcohol, no matter how individual counties vote.
This is an unsettling idea for some.
“That’s not right so I would be against it,” Crawford County attorney Paul Gant. “I’ve seen many many down sides to an overflow of alcohol. Many people can handle that, many people can’t and those that can’t have destroyed lives.”
But Couch said business would boom for the state.
If approved the state may see alcohol sales by July of 2015
Election Day on this and other issues is set for November 4, 2014.