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Alcohol sales to get vote in Cleburne, Randolph

ANNISTON (AP) – Petitioners in Cleburne and Randolph counties have gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on legal alcohol sales on the Nov. 4 election ballot.

But an effort in Clay County to get a referendum on alcohol sales was unsuccessful. Clay County Probate Judge George Ingram said Wednesday petitioners told him they had not collected enough names.

State law requires a petition representing 25 percent of the number of those who voted in the last countywide election to get a referendum on the ballot. Petitioners got just enough in Cleburne and Randolph.

The effort in Cleburne County has been led by cousins Josh and Dylan Laminack, muscadine growers who want to build a winery but can’t under the current law.

Citizens for a Better Randolph County organized the petition movement there.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/