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Officials to mull special election for liquor referendum

CORINTH — Aldermen will consider setting a special election for a city-wide referendum on the sale of liquor.

The Daily Corinthian reports the issue is on the board’s agenda for tomorrow night.

Supporters of a vote on the liquor issue have been gathering signatures since September and now have the required 2,400 signatures on their petitions calling for a citywide vote.

A new state law changed the eligibility requirements for municipalities that may hold liquor elections. The petitions must include the signatures of at least 20 percent of the city’s registered voters.

Alcorn County was a wet county for 21 years until 1989, when Alcorn County voters ended liquor sales and, in a city election, Corinth voters said “yes” to beer sales. Liquor elections failed in 1993 and 2005.

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