Alcohol sales will soon be legal inside the city of Henrietta after the Nov. 6 local option election passed by an overwhelming majority Monday night, 760 in favor, 211 against.
The referendum includes the sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed drinks.
The election, held Tuesday at city hall was the work of Justin O’Malley, a local businessman who gathered 386 signatures of registered voters living inside the city limits of Henrietta. O’Malley submitted the petition on July 10, the deadline to have the item placed on a November ballot.
It was the third petition for the sale of alcohol to circulate Henrietta in less than a year. The first, backed by Tommy Lyde of Henrietta, was short by 21 signatures deemed invalid. The petition was circulated in December, with a goal of placing the issue on May’s municipal ballot.
O’Malley’s first attempt was turned down after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission took exception to some of the wording on the ballot. Despite the setback, O’Malley increased his efforts, turning in a petition with 44.68 percent of registered voters listed. Only 35 percent was required for the petition to be successful.