Beer, wine petitions circulating in Whitehouse, Smith County Precinct 1

SMITH COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Petitions to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption are circulating in Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 and the city of Whitehouse, according to the Smith County Election Office.

Texas Petition Strategies, the Austin-based consulting firm that circulated petitions in the city of Tyler last year, is handling the petition drive for signatures from registered voters in the jurisdictions.
Election Administrator Karen Nelson said 1,835 signatures are needed to place the proposition on May ballots, while 735 signatures are needed in Whitehouse.

Whitehouse voters rejected beer and wine sales 1,194 votes to 1,031 votes or 54 percent to 46 percent in 2010.

Justice Precinct 1 lies mostly within the city of Tyler limits and is already wet. Small sections of Justice Precinct 1 just outside the city's northeastern, northwestern and southwestern limits.


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