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Petition On Statewide Alcohol Sales Meets Initial Signature Count

LITTLE ROCK — A ballot proposal to allow alcohol sales in every county in Arkansas has met the initial signature requirement, Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office said Wednesday.

Martin’s office said the group Let Arkansas Decide turned in well over 84,000 signatures in support of the proposed constitutional amendment, which needed 78,133 signatures to win a spot on the November general election ballot.

The secretary of state’s office now moves on to verifying the signatures, which were submitted Monday. Meeting the initial count qualifies the group for an additional 30 days to collect signatures to compensate for any that may not qualify during the signature verification process.

Signatures in support of a ballot proposal to increase the state minimum wage were still being counted Wednesday night, Martin’s office said.

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