unlikely for November
By DAVE HAMRICK
legalization advocate Lane Brown says he probably
will know by today whether he will continue to
pursue a pouring license referendum for this
November's election or wait for next March.
running out of time, Brown said this week.
Signatures [on a petition to place liquor
on the ballot] are coming in but there coming in
slower than I had hoped. I've got to get it to
the city and get it certified and
is working to get enough signatures on a petition
to force a referendum. State law requires that an
election be conducted if 35 percent of those
voting in the most recent election sign a
petition to that effect.
currently is working to get about 1,740
signatures on the petition, but if he fails to
get the measure on the ballot in November, then
the number of signatures required may change
based on the number voting Nov. 2.
I don't get it in November, then we'll do it in
March, Brown said. The city will have a
presidential preference primary in March.
election must be called soon after the petition
is presented, but Brown said he won't force a
special election. He'll hold onto the petition
until the referendum can coincide with a regular
election to insure a higher turnout, he said.
don't want to rush this thing, he added.
I want to do it right.
publicity has brought out numerous volunteers who
want to help with the legalization campaign,
Brown said. I've had a slew of people
calling up wanting to help, he said.
also has brought out opposition. An organization
calling itself Fayetteville Citizens who Love
Fayetteville Without Alcohol is organizing to
campaign against legalization of liquor by the
drink, whenever it is may be presented to voters.
sign the petition or help with the legalization
campaign, phone 770-460-6806.
join the campaign
against legalization, phone Sharon Shank at