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Canvassers still trying to gather signatures for 'wet' initiative

Posted: July 17, 2014 - 4:55pm
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Canvassers are still gathering signatures in Faulkner County in hopes of putting a “wet” initiative on the November ballot.

Enough provisional petitions have been gathered in Saline and Craighead counties, and these were turned in to county clerks there on July 7, the first day to turn in petitions. A spokesperson for the Our Community, Our Dollars committee behind the ballot initiative said on July 7 that paid canvassers had gathered about three-quarters of the signatures a “wet” vote needs to get on the ballot. This spokesperson was on vacation on Wednesday and said she didn’t have an idea of how many signatures had been gathered since then, and repeated calls to the Our Community, Our Dollars committee went unreturned.

State law concerning “wet” initiatives requires that 38 percent of a county’s registered voters sign a petition. Signing twice, giving a false name or address or illegible writing can lead to signatures being thrown out, as can a signature that might not have been given in the presence of a canvasser.

Canvassers are generally at Conway’s Walmart stores from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to Our Community, Our Dollars’ Facebook page, and it can be expected that people working with the pro-dry They Win, You Lose committee will be there representing their position that alcohol sales will lead to more crime and accidents. They also try to gather evidence, including photos of unattended canvassers’ tables and any petition sheets that may be unattended, to challenge the validity of signatures.

The deadline for filing the signatures with the Faulkner County Clerk is August 5.

 

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Joe Lamb
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Joe Lamb 07/17/14 - 06:12 pm
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EDITED: A previous version of

EDITED: A previous version of this story had wrong numbers. I'd calculated 38 percent of the total county population, not 38 percent of registered voters.

Free agent
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Free agent 07/18/14 - 05:18 pm
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Why fight a ballot initiative

What sort of folks wouldn't want the people to decide anyway? I don't see the point of fighting to keep it off the ballot. Let them out it on and just vote it down.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 07/19/14 - 08:12 am
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Fight the fight

Sign the form at various locations.

tracking wolf
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tracking wolf 07/21/14 - 12:42 pm
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better question is why WOULD

better question is why WOULD anyone sign a petition to get something on the ballot that they disagree with and don't want? I keep hearing them tell people to sign, even if they don't want it, to get it on the ballot. The point of the petition is to find enough like minded people that WANT alcohol in Falkner Co. to sign so everyone can vote on it. Signing a petition that you disagree with is stupid because it helps achieve something you don't want.

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conwaygerl 07/21/14 - 04:23 pm
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my opinion only

I signed it (several times in fact). Because

1) it is a chance for the people to make a law, not a politician.
2) there is a small minority that wants to oppose this law for reasons of profit (i.e. businesses on the county line)

I signed it more than once (at different locations and also on different days) to counter the people that took some signed sheets (to even the playing field).

I will vote against it, however, because

1) I'm anti-alcohol
2) I think it's just so ironic that you can buy beer and cigarettes at a Walgreen, but not Sudafed or MEDICAL (not RECREATIONAL) marijuana.

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