Wine supporters collect signatures at grocery stores

Wine supporters collect signatures at grocery stores (Image 1)
Wine supporters collect signatures at grocery stores (Image 1)

Supporters who want wine in grocery stores have a few weeks left to get the signatures needed to get the referendum on the November ballot but they are faced with some challenges.

Jill Garris lives in Mt. Juliet. Friday, while shopping for groceries, she told News 2 she supports the wine in grocery store initiative.

“I would love it. I grew up in the north, in Michigan, and we had it in grocery stores readily available. It just saved time from going to the liquor store,” Garris said.

Surprisingly, Garris hasn’t signed the petition to get the issue on the November ballot because she hasn’t seen one to sign.

“I would sign one, but you haven’t seen it,” told News 2.

Organizations who stand to benefit from allowing wine in grocery stores say they believe they have enough support to get it on the ballot but they are faced with challenges.

“Some of the things we’re hearing is ‘Oh, I thought that had already passed’ so I think we have that hurdle to cross and educating the public that yes it got out of the legislature, but now the next step with it being a referendum bill is to get it on the ballot and for the people to decide,” Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads explained.

About 120,000 people have signed the petition statewide but all of those signatures need to be verified.

If you are interested in signing the petition, there are a couple things you need to know:

First, you have to sign the petition in the county you are registered to vote in. Also, your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your voter registration card, or your vote won’t count.

Voters have until August 21 at 4:30 p.m. to sign the petition.

In Davidson County, 17,000 people have signed the petition to support wine in grocery stores but those signatures haven’t been verified yet.

News 2 contacted the election commission in Williamson County and is waiting to hear on how many people have signed the petition there.

Cash Saver, Food Lion, H.G. Hill, Kroger and Publix Supermarkets will have petitions available at their Middle Tennessee locations for customers to sign during regular store hours.

Click here for complete coverage of the wine in grocery stores battle.

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