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Beer and wine sales vote won't appear on ballot

After over a year of work, the second attempt for a petition, this time with 626 signatures for beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption only in Delta County, has met with yet another obstacle. Due to the current situation, the beer and wine sales will not be on the ballot for the County for November 4, 2014.

In order to meet the Texas local option liquor election law 501.032 that states the “last day to order an election to be held on the date of the general election for state and county officers is the 78th day before election day.”  This means the petition would have had to be submitted 30 days before the regular session of the Commissioners Court on Aug. 11. It was started on June 9, 2014 and submitted on Aug. 8 fulfilling the 60 days of allowed time frame; however, this did not meet the election law requirements.

Potential for the third attempt at this petition might be considered for the 2016 election.