POSTED: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 8:31am
Smith County--The largest precinct in Smith County may soon allow alcohol sales if there is an election. Part of that precinct, the city of Winona, can already buy beer and wine in stores.
The precinct now has petitions to give voters a local beverage option on the November ballot. The petitions must be signed by 1,509 registered voters. The option would allow for alcohol to be sold in stores and buyers to bring it home.
The precinct passed a proposal in May 2009 to sell mixed beverages in restaurants. Off-premise alcohol was also an option in that same election, but it did not pass when less than 53% voted against it.
Judge Mitch Shamburger thinks the same people who opposed it and pushed for it last year will do the same this year.
A resident we talked to is voting for a wet county if there is an option. He says, "All our income is going to other counties, why not keep it in our own?"
The signatures for the petitions have to be filed by July 26th.