Alcohol Sales Initiative Will Not Be On Ballot In Crawford County

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VAN BUREN (KFSM) — Crawford County voters will not get to decide whether to allow alcohol sales in county limits in November 2016.

The Crawford County clerk said Tuesday (Aug. 30), the group Keep Dollars In Crawford County did not gather enough certifiable signatures to put the issue to a vote during the November general election.

The clerk’s office had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to certify all the signatures turned in by the group. Keep Dollars In Crawford County needed more than 12,000 signatures to the measure on the ballot, but the clerk said the group had turned in about 9,200 certified signatures and had not turned any additional ones before the deadline.

The measure would have allowed voters to decide whether they want alcohol sales in Crawford County. The initiative was opposed by a group called Stay Dry, Stay Safe, which encouraged voters to not sign the Keep Dollars In Crawford County petition.

Going forward, the clerk said supporters of alcohol sales can wait until the 2018 midterm election to get the issue on the ballot then or go through the process of putting the issue to a vote in a special election.

A similar measure in Johnson County, which was supported by the group Keep Dollars In Johnson County, will also have to wait until another election.