by Lee Hogan
Posted 7/18/2014 12:20 pm
Updated 5 months ago
An amendment that would legalize alcohol sales across the state has 30 days to gain the more than 17,000 signatures it needs to be put on the November ballot.
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Friday after the verification process, the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment fell short of the 78,133 required signatures. The proposed amendment met the initial signature requirement with more than 84,000 signatures turned in July 7 to the Secretary of State's Office.
The amendment needs an additional 17,133 signatures to reach the requirement to be placed on the general election ballot. The petition now has 30 days to collect the signatures to replace those disqualified during the verification process.
If the proposed amendment makes its way to the ballot and is approved, alcohol sales would be legalized in all counties in Arkansas.