Liquor store option is OK’d for ballot

Referendum set for November

By AUTUMN HUGHES

Posted 2/9/18

A new ballot issue has been added to the November 2018 election: Whether to allow package stores in the city of Cleveland.The Bradley County Election Commission received a petition seeking a referendum so voters can decide whether to allow package stores – also known as liquor stores – in the city. After confirming the petition met requirements, commissioners approved for the referendum to take place during the Nov. 6 election.

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Liquor store option is OK’d for ballot

Referendum set for November

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A new ballot issue has been added to the November 2018 election: Whether to allow package stores in the city of Cleveland.

The Bradley County Election Commission received a petition seeking a referendum so Cleveland voters can decide whether to allow package stores — also known as liquor stores — in the city. After confirming the petition met requirements, commissioners approved for the city referendum to take place during the Nov. 6 election.

Bradley County Administrator of Elections Fran Green said Cleveland resident John Sheehan filed the petition. To meet requirements to be on the ballot, Sheehan had to get 824 signatures — that number represents 10 percent of the number of city voters in the last gubernatorial election. 

"It will be on November's ballot," Green said of the referendum, adding package stores can only be in municipalities, according to state law.

During Thursday’s Election Commission meeting, Chairman Travis Henry asked if all the signatures on the petition had been checked to make sure they meet requirements. Green said they have.

Signatures only count toward the required total if they are from city residents who are registered to vote.

With that assurance, the Election Commission approved a motion that the referendum petition has sufficient signatures to qualify for the issue to be placed on the November election ballot.

The questions for city voters will be: To permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the city of Cleveland, or not to permit retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the city of Cleveland.

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