Statewide voters said no to alcohol sales in all counties, motivated in part by high-dollar advertising from liquor stores neighboring dry counties, such as Pulaski County line liquor stores near Saline County. Too bad for them.
In an election approved for the ballot only Monday by a circuit judge, Saline County voters approved the sale of alcohol.
From Natalie Ghidotti, spokesman for the Walmart-funded campaign to put alcohol sales on the ballot in Saline County:
SALINE COUNTY goes WET!
FOR ISSUE NO. 6
AGAINST ISSUE NO. 6
18,003 45.78% . . . . . . . 18,003 45.78 8,487
Note that sales will take effect in Saline as they would have statewide if voters had approved for other dry counties. Liquor store permits can be sought within limits determined by population. Grocery stores can apply for permits to sell beer and certain types of wine.
UPDATE: I got a succinct response from Elizabeth Robben Murray, the Friday firm lawyer who’d brought the court challenge to the Saline County alcohol proposal. I asked if a further appeal was possible of Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips’ clearance of the measure for the ballot, after the Supreme Court reversed his earlier ruling.
Applications for permits may be filed beginning Nov. 17.