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POSTED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 5:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:01pm

Beer and wine sales, once again find their way to a ballot in East Texas.

Voters head to the polls on Nov. 5.

"For JP precinct 1 and 4, they will have the constitutional amendments but they are also going to have beer and wine off premise," said Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson.

Some controversial propositions will appear on this year's ballot.

Chapel Hill residents will vote on the very much talked about $31 million school bond.

Plus, JP precinct 1 and 4 will vote yes or no on keeping their area dry, or filling their stores with beer and wine.

''Now, they're going for the entire JP precinct which would encompass part of what's outside the city limits,'' said Nelson.

Many residents along with gas station employees on Hwy 64 are in favor of it passing.

"I think it's better revenue for this side of our city," JP precinct 1 resident Linda Castillo.

Valero employees would not speak on camera, but they told KETK they encouraged their customers to sign a petition to get beer and wine sales on the ballot.

But, still, some don't know if it's a good idea.

"I'm 50/50 on it, I'm more towards it's a bad idea than a good idea," JP precinct 1 resident James Mackey.

In JP precinct 4, the proposition to sell beer and wine to consume off premise, has already been on the ballot three times and failed.

"They do have the restaurants on there already that passed, but this will be trying again for the beer and wine,'' said Nelson.  

Now, it's up to voters for the 4th time to decide to make their area wet.

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