The Davidson County Election Commission has verified the signatures of enough registered voters to get the Wine in Grocery Stores referendum on the ballot this November.
Commission officials said they verified signatures of 15,647 people who signed the Wine in Grocery Stories petition. The required number was 15,460 or 10% of the registered voters who voted in the last gubernatorial election in November 2010.
The referendum will also be on the November ballot for voters in the city of Goodlettsville.
Currently, wine can only be sold in liquor stores. But a state law that passed this year will allow it to be sold by grocery and convenience stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.
“This is a great day for Metropolitan Nashville voters, who will have the opportunity to determine whether wine can be sold in their retail food stores,” Susie Alcorn, Red White and Food campaign manager, said in a statement. “Gathering enough valid petition signatures has been a complicated process and would not have been possible without the support of Red White and Food’s retail partners in the area, including Food Lion, Kroger and Publix. We are incredibly grateful to all of the interested residents who took the time to sign the petition.”
The statement continued, “We are also appreciative of the Davidson County Election Commission for keeping us informed throughout the signature verification process.”
Davidson County and Goodlettsville join about 60 other Tennessee communities who have collected enough signatures for the referendum to be placed on their November ballots.
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