Legal Challenge to Ballot Proposal on Alcohol Sales FIled

Citizens for Local Rights, a ballot question committee formed to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment that would make all 75 Arkansas counties wet, filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court on Friday. The suit alleges that the group sponsoring the measure, Let Arkansas Decide, missed a deadline for submitting signatures and that the ballot language does not adequately explain the measure to voters.

The plaintiffs also allege that the measure’s ballot language fails to inform voters that it would do away with a state regulation that liquor stores not be located within 1,000 feet of a church or school and that it would take away communities’ right to hold referendum elections on whether to allow the sale of mixed drinks.

“The right to a referendum election on mixed drinks is material to the voters, and it would give them serious ground for reflection to know that this right will be taken away from them if the amendment is adopted,” the suit states.

Read the entire article at Arkansas News.

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