Sharp County wet/dry issue to appear on Nov. ballot

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Sharp County voters will get their chance to decide if alcohol sales should be allowed locally.

After two failed attempts, the group Save Energy, Reap Taxes (SERT) has succeeded in getting the wet/dry issue onto the ballot in November.

The Sharp County clerk's office verified signatures on 4,835, which surpassed the 4,096 needed to make the ballot.

Clearing that hurdle, environmentalist Ruth Reynolds and other SERT members waited to see if any opposition would file an injunction.

The deadline has since passed, and the county clerk's office confirmed this week that the issue will appear before voters in November.

Reynolds says the next challenge is to register more voters and ramp up a campaign to turn the county wet.

If the initiative passes, Reynolds believes the county can cut down the amount of harmful emissions released into the atmosphere. Others support the issue because they see the economic benefit of permitting alcohol sales locally.

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