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Grocery Store Wine Measure Will Be On Ballots In Franklin, Goodlettsville

Grocery Store Wine Measure Will Be On Ballots In Franklin, Goodlettsville

CREATED Aug 19, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With only a couple of days left in the push to get wine in grocery stores on the November ballot, two more mid-state cities will get their chance to vote on the issue.

A Tuesday statement from nonprofit Red White and Food said Franklin and Goodlettsville have collected enough valid signatures to place the wine issue on the November ballot.

“Red White and Food is grateful to all of the residents in those communities who took the time to sign the petition,” Susie Alcorn, Red White and Food campaign manager said in a statement. “And we express our sincere thanks to the Williamson County and Davidson County election commissions for making the process of validating signatures run so smoothly.

Both are among several cities across Tennessee in which voters will be able to weigh in on wine in grocery stores.

"We’ve already heard in 52 cities, 52 municipalities we have reached the number we needed. But we still have several areas yet to be complete,” said Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads.

Red White and Food said they have turned in close to 40,000 signatures for Davidson County. Less than half of that is actually needed to get the measure on the ballot.

"We're still concerned obviously about Davidson County because we haven't gotten word yet that we have enough signatures. So we're just really encouraging folks out there to get in their neighborhood Kroger store or retailer between now and Thursday at noon to sign the petition," added Eads.
 

Verifying those signatures is taking time. Organizers said they expect to see the election commission throw out quite a few signatures for being invalid, which is why they have tried to collect at least double what they needed.

The deadline to turn in petitions for a November referendum is Thursday, August 21.

If voters approve the measures, wine could hit grocery stores shelves on July 1, 2016.