Judge Baker approves alcohol petition
POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 5:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:03pm
Tyler, Texas — The city of Tyler added the alcohol propositions to the city's ballot last week and today the judge reviewed the motion for the Smith County JP Precinct 2 ballot.
The court discussed multiple issues this morning, but the alcohol petition seemed to be the most popular topic on the agenda.
Two members of the public petitioned to speak in the Smith County Commissioners' Court.
First, the opposing side from 'Stand Strong for Tyler' spoke. Norman Ladd said, "what they need to have a valid petition in order to put this on the November ballot, and that's very important because without these signatures and without these numbers the state says one thing that we have to have and if we do not have those numbers we cannot go forward with an election."
Ladd and others from 'Stand Strong for Tyler' handed out pamphlets with a data analysis of the signatures that they found to be invalid.
'Stand Strong for Tyler' stated that the petition is 200+ signatures short of the minimum necessary and that there were 215 duplicates.
However, when supporter of the motion, Bob Westbrook, spoke he said that the Buy Local First Committee had presented hundreds more signatures than were needed.
Judge Baker verified the signatures with the county elections administrator and approved the motion with no further discussion.
Westbrook said he was excited that now the voters get to make a choice.
Ladd said, "it just feels like every time we're doing this thing we're rushing to get an answer and we're rushing to get to a point that we don't have to get to just yet."