A group pushing for a November election to allow retail alcohol sales in Benton County received approval that its signature petitions have met the legal threshold to qualify for the ballot.

Tabatha Gardner with our content partner, The City Wire, reports:

Voters will decide whether the retail sale of alcohol is allowed in Benton County when they cast their ballots in November.

Benton County Clerk Tena O'Brien and her staff have processed 54,150 signatures. Staff members accepted 41,460 of those signatures, nearly 300 more than what was needed to secure a ballot position, O'Brien said.

Keep Dollars in Benton County, the local group who organized a

petition drive to get ballot access, turned over 56,000 signatures to the Benton County Clerk's office July 12. The clerk's office spent 9 days, including Saturday and Sunday counting the signatures.

The clerk's office will begin the process of certifying the signatures with the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office Monday morning, O'Brien said.

Anyone opposed to having the wet/dry issue on the ballot will have 10 days from Monday to challenge it in circuit court.

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