Petition for Alcohol Sales in Amarillo

- AMARILLO -- A dry part of Amarillo may get partially wet this November.

    An alcohol initiative is closer to making it onto the ballot.

    Potter county residents living in Justice of the Peace precinct 3 voted eight years ago to allow restaurants to sell alcohol.

    This time around, organizers are hoping to get off-premise beer and wine sales on the ballot.

    The group heading-up the petition drive, "Texas Petition Strategies", (TPS), says this will level the playing field for other businesses in the area.

    TPS needed more than 2,400 signatures to qualify for the ballot.  They say they've verified more than 2,600.

    "Now, it'll be up to us to go through these in the next 30 days and we have to check to see if the voter lives in JP3, if they are registered to vote, if we have reason to believe that is their signature and if they're duplicates."  Said Potter county elections administrator Melynn Huntley.

    Huntley adds, the only ones allowed to vote on this issue are people living in JP3.  That means anyone living in a precinct beginning with the number three.

    That includes voters who live in an area of JP3 that already allows alcohol sales.

    TPS says Walmart and the soon-to-be-built Sam's Club at I-40 and Soncy are the ones pushing this initiative.

    That same group is also leading one of two petition drives in Canyon to get alcohol sales on the November ballot.

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