Monticello / Marion Township to Stay “Dry” – No Signatures Turned In by Liquor Sales Supporters – UPDATEDAugust 9th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
4:30 Wednesday was the deadline for supporters of the proposed alcohol sales issue to turn in their petition to the Drew County Clerk, in order to get the “wet vote” on the November ballot.
When the deadline passed, no signatures had been received from the group.
Ron Echols, of the group “Vote for Growth,” told MonticelloLive, “We felt like there was not enough support for this issue, to pursue it at this time.” Echols added that the group’s organizers had realize the apparent outcome 2-3 months ago, “Voters aren’t ready to put this on the ballot, at this time.”
County Clerk Lyna Gulledge told MLive that 2,265 verified signatures of registered Marion Township voters were needed for the issue to qualify for the November vote.
Two local pastors, who spoke to MLive, expressed their appreciation for the prayers lifted up over this proposed decision, as well as the public opposition that was voiced by many supporters of the “dry” point of view.