Randolph County group tries to obtain final signatures for wet, dry issue

Keep Revenue in Randolph County Signatures
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The group "Keep Revenue in Randolph County" is in the final stages of collecting signatures to get the wet/dry issue on the ballot in November.

"We feel like we've gotten the easiest signatures to get," Linda Bowlin told Region 8 News. "So now, finishing up is the really, really hard part."

Bowlin serves as the chairperson for Keep Revenue in Randolph County.

She explained that Randolph County residents haven't voted on the issue in decades.

"What we're trying to do is get it on a ballot and let people have an opportunity to vote on it.

People who have been here since the early 1950s have not had an opportunity to vote on it in all that time."

However, Bowlin said it's been an uphill battle. With more than 10,000 registered voters in Randolph County, Bowlin said they need a little more than 3,800 valid signatures.

Because of that, Bowlin said they've changed up their tactics a bit to get the remaining signatures.

"That means a lot of door to door work," Bowlin said. "We are collecting signatures still, and we are doing the door to door work so you don't see us as much at the businesses but we're still working on it."

Bowlin said, for the most part, they had been set up in front of businesses like Wal-Mart to try and obtain signatures.

If it gets on the ballot and Randolph County residents vote in favor of the measure, the amount of liquor to be sold in the county will be limited.

"Our county will be eligible for three package stores, and then we'll also be eligible for any restaurant, convenience store or grocery store to sell beer or wine," Bowlin said.

Keep Revenue in Randolph County wants to changes that.

She said they have until the second week in August to turn their signatures into the Secretary of State's Office. The signatures must be certified within 10 days. After that, if they don't have the necessary amount of signatures, they will have an additional 10 days to try and get them.

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