VOL. 129 | NO. 167 | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wine Referendum Makes Memphis Ballot
By Bill Dries
Voters in unincorporated Shelby County will not be voting on wine in grocery stores on the Nov. 4 ballot.
But voters in Memphis and the six suburban towns and cities will.
The Shelby County Election Commission completed its count Tuesday, Aug. 26, of signatures on the referendum petitions in each of the areas. To go on the ballot, each area had to have the signatures of 10 percent of the number of voters who voted in the last general election for governor.
The petitions were turned in by a Thursday afternoon deadline and the Election Commission has been verifying the thousands of signatures to make sure they are voters and that they live in the specific area they signed a petition for.
Because Memphis had a higher number of signatures at 13,372, it took longer than the rest.
Election Commission officials concluded earlier in the count for unincorporated Shelby County that even if all of the signatures on that petition were valid, there wouldn’t be the 3,558 required to put the item on the November ballot.