Voters To Decide Whether Arkansas Becomes Wet

Alcohol

LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – Arkansas voters heading to the polls in November will decide whether the entire state will be able to sell alcohol, regardless of whether counties were wet or dry in the past, according to a news release.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment has made the general election ballot this fall, the release states.

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced on Friday (Aug. 29) that the initiative had reached its needed 78,133 signatures to be on the ballot.

The group backing the ballot initiative, Let Arkansas Decide, initially fell short of the required number of signatures needed when they turned in their first batch of 84,969 signatures on July 7. Martin’s office verified 61,000 of those signatures, and that left them short of their goal. Let Arkansas Decide was given 30 days to get more signatures.

On Aug. 15, the group turned in an additional 41,492 signatures.

In total, 87,102 signatures have been verified, putting the initiative over the number it needed to be on the November ballot, the release states.

Martin’s office is still verifying signatures, so the number could increase as time goes on. Regardless, Arkansas voters will decide on the Nov. 4 ballot whether every county in the state will be allowed to sell liquor, according to the release.

15 comments

    • Waste

      Im against the concept of “wet vs dry”. It’s not illegal and there should be no vote on whether to allow or disallow sales. The need and cost of a special “license” is communist enough.

  • matt

    I see both sides, for many people its an inconvenience to not be able to grab a cold adult beverage every 20 miles or more between exits. On the other hand there are a few towns along that stretch that are weird enough without adding booze to the mix cough, cough pope county cough. I just stock up before I leave and only stop for ice, and a refill.

    • Tom

      You’re not seeing both sides with your comments. Those that find the current laws inconvenient is an argument for the ballot measure; whereas the claim some counties are “weird enough” does not advocate a position against it. Try again.

      • matt

        Let me make it simple for you. Pope county should stay dry! They are weird, have you ever had to stop for gas there? Even if they start selling booze I wont stop there.

  • Elaphas

    Arkansas has certainly grown enough with all the degenerates moving to the state over the last 10-15 years – enough to probably pass this asinine proposal.

    • Joe Delaney

      Lol. All the degenerates moving in are what is making this toothless, hillbilly, state respectable. You cant nail your sister anymore but you can have a beer now. Sounds right to me.

    • Joe Delaney

      All of the degenerates moving here is what is finally making this toothless, hillbilly state, respectable. You can’t nail your sister anymore but you can have a beer now. Sounds right to me.

  • Velda

    We need to out law all alcohol sales. Alcohol is the devil’s poison and destroying out land. Drunk driving deaths, baby milk money spent of beer, alcohol fueled fights, alcohol has nothing good about it. We must clean up this state for the kids.

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