ASH FLAT, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of the sales of alcoholic beverages in Sharp County have submitted about 5,000 signatures on petitions calling for a vote on the proposal.
The group Save Energy Reap Taxes submitted the petitions at the Sharp County courthouse. About 4,100 signatures of registered voters are needed to get the proposal on the ballot.
SERT members say they believe that allowing alcohol sales will benefit the economy and reduce the number of people who drive 20 to 30 minutes into Missouri to make their purchases.
Member Jerry Adams told The Jonesboro Sun that allowing alcohol sales in the county could also reduce drunken driving because those who purchase alcohol often start drinking in their vehicles on their return trip.
The proposal would appear on the November ballot if enough petition signatures are approved.