State High Court Considering Arkansas Alcohol Ballot Measure

Oct 9, 2014

Members of Arkansas' highest court are considering whether a petition to expand alcohol sales statewide should have been turned in on the July 4 holiday.

Under Arkansas law, proposals must be submitted no later than four months before the general election. That date this year was Independence Day.

A group challenging the petition told the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday that the requirement could not be waived. It says Secretary of State Mark Martin should have opened his office July 4 to process the paperwork.

The group Citizens for Local Rights also claims the measure is misleading.

Opposing lawyers said deadlines are often extended to the next business day.

If voters approve, the proposed constitutional amendment would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Currently, 37 counties are dry.