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5:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Group Asks State To Block Alcohol Measure, Claims Deadline Missed

A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.

An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin's office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.

The group claims the petitions should have been submitted by July 4, which would have been four months before the November election.

The state deadline was July 7.

The group favoring expanded sales is gathering additional signatures after Martin's office said it had fallen short of the 78,133 needed to qualify.