Clerk certifies petition to let Randolph County vote on wet/dry issue

Wet Dry Issue Will Be on November Ballot

POCAHONTAS, Ark. – After many attempts, it would appear Tuesday, August 7, 2018 was the day Randolph County finally learned their voices would be heard on the wet/dry debate.

With an enormous threshold of 3,861 signatures needed, petitioners collected 4,212 signatures which were certified, Randolph County Clerk Rhonda Blevins told NEA Report on Tuesday afternoon.

“They got enough signatures to be on the ballot,” Blevins said.

Barring some sort of unforeseen legal challenge or injunction, Blevins said this meant voters would decide on the matter this fall. For Let Randolph County Vote chair Linda Bowlin, it was a day she’s worked toward for years.

“We are relieved,” Bowlin said. “We are thrilled. We have been exhausted from the hard work this hot summer.”

Bowlin said her group knew the signature collections were well done as could have possibly been. Still, she said there was the worry of an unforeseen circumstance blindsiding the group.

With the news of the signatures being certified, the group will now focus on getting out the vote.

“Our committee is seeing this through to the end, to the vote,” Bowlin said. “We’ll be starting our meetings very soon to plan the get out the vote campaign.”

This is breaking news from NEA Report, with Stan Morris reporting. 

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