Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – Marshall County residents attempting to legalize local alcohol sales say they have more than the required 2,100 signatures to bring the issue to ballot. And Marshall 1st says the sooner county voters decide the issue, the better.
"We have over 2,100," said group spokesperson Sissy Wommack. "When we first started doing this, I wasn't checking them. But the last two weeks we've been checking [voter registration]. But we do have 2,100. Our main goal is to get as many as we can so that we know there will be enough to get it up for vote. We would like to see it go to vote before the college kids go to school."
Wommack said the group will continue taking petitions from anyone who signs them, but she expects to turn them in to the County Court Clerk's office this week. Now, the group is turning it's sights to a special election. By law, the County Judge Executive will have 30 days to set the date of a special election. Discussing potential months Monday night, the group agreed to try for an election in July or August.
The opposition is also continuing efforts after formalizing their coalition. Say No Now met March 8 at the Marshall County Courthouse.
At the meeting, pastor Chris Moore urged members to be respectful and invited community support. In a release last week, Moore said the group is continuing to organize and enlist campaign workers. Say No Now’s next meeting will be held April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse.