Petitions in support of alcohol sales circulating Henrietta

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By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Supporters of bringing the sale of alcohol to Henrietta are circulating two petitions in an effort to put the issue before voters.

Justin O’Malley of Henrietta is collecting signatures for the sale of alcohol in the city, while Tommy Lyde and Eddy Grimes, both of Henrietta, are hoping to start a petition for the sale of alcohol countywide.

To start a petition, supporters must first collect 10 signatures of registered voters to demonstrate an interest in the issue. Once the 10 signatures are collected, they can pick up information and begin the petition. Supporters have 60 days to gather signatures from a percentage of registered voters living in the area where they wish to make alcohol sales legal.

O’Malley picked up his petition packet Friday, June 8, from Henrietta City Hall. By Monday morning, he had collected 185 of the 303 signatures required.

To get the issue on the ballot, the state requires the signatures of 35 percent of those registered to vote in the last gubernatorial election. Residents are not required to have voted in the last election.

If he can collect enough signatures by July 10, the city will hold a special election. Otherwise, the issue would be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.

This is the second petition for alcohol sales in the City of Henrietta to circulate in less than year. Last fall, Lyde attempted a petition by the effort fell short because 21 signatures were deemed invalid because the signors did not meet residency or voter guidelines.

To put the sale of alcohol on the ballot at the county level, the signatures of only 25 percent of registered voters are required.

The sale of beer and wine is already legal in Petrolia and Arrowhead Ranch Estates.

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