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Petition filed for referendum on wine in grocery stores
The election commission has received a petition requesting a referendum on whether to allow grocery stores to sell wine inside the Smithville city limits. According to Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley, the petition has been verified to have the number of signatures required to place the referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot, subject to approval by the election commission. Stanley said a referendum on wine sales inside grocery stores may only be called by petition of registered voters in jurisdictions which have held and passed either a referendum to authorize retail package stores or a referendum to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.