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.