A petition is being circulated in Randolph County that calls for a vote on legalizing the sale of alcoholic beverages in the county. If the petition gathers enough valid names of Randolph County registered voters the referendum would take place during the November general election.
Copies of the petition are available in convenience stores, service stations and other locations throughout the county, according to organizer Ron Young.
To put the issue on the ballot for a vote by county voters, 25 percent of the number voting in the previous general election must sign a petition. This time that number is 1,859. A previous petition drive several years ago needed just 1,671 names.
Although the petitions do not need to be submitted and validated until October, Young said petition supporters are hoping to have it submitted in May. Although 1,859 valid signatures are required, he said they are shooting for 3,000. Already in the few weeks the petition has been available more than 600 people have signed it, he said.
The petition reads: "We the undersigned petitioners who are qualified electors (voters) in Randolph County, AL, do hereby respectfully petition you, as the Probate Judge of Randolph County, Alabama, call an election as provided under the provisions of Section 28-2-1 of the Alabama code, for the purpose of determining the sentiment of the people of Randolph County as to whether or not alcoholic beverages can be legally sold or distributed in said county."