Grocery Store Wine On November Ballot In Nashville, Goodlettsville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With only hours before the deadline, Nashville and Goodlettsville have joined the 60 communities that have collected enough signatures to place a referendum for supermarket wine sales on the November ballot.
The Davidson County Election Commission said Thursday they had verified 15,647 Davidson County registered voters on the petition, which is more than the required number of valid signatures. Staff will continue to verify until they reach 16,000.
The DCEC along with the Sumner County Election Commission also verified 655 registered voters in the City of Goodlettsville on their petition.
Red White and Food, a coalition that lobbied for the change, has been keeping track of the collected signatures. They had turned in close to 40,000 signatures in Davidson County, saying it was important to collect more than necessary because a lot of the signatures would likely be declared invalid.
“This is a great day for Metropolitan Nashville voters, who will have the opportunity to determine whether wine can be sold in their retail food stores," Susie Alcorn, Red White and Food campaign manager, said in a statement Thursday. "Gathering enough valid petition signatures has been a complicated process and would not have been possible without the support of Red White and Food’s retail partners in the area, including Food Lion, Kroger and Publix. We are incredibly grateful to all of the interested residents who took the time to sign the petition."
The deadline to turn in petitions is 4 p.m. Thursday.
Referendums in verified areas will be on the November 4th ballot.
Currently, wine can only be sold in liquor stores. But a state law that passed this year will allow it to be sold by grocery and convenience stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)