By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – The first election under a new state law that allows city-only votes on liquor takes place in Corinth today.
Voters will cast ballots on whether the city will permit the sale of liquor and wine. Beer sales are already allowed.
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall.
More than 200 absentee ballots had been received by mid-day Monday, said City Clerk Vickie Roach, and absentee ballots mailed in and received by 5 p.m. Monday would be accepted.
Based on the number of names on petitions presented to hold the election – more than 2,500 – Roach said she expects about 3,000 to 3,500 votes to be cast, a large turnout for a city with somewhat more than 9,000 active voters.
If the measure is approved, the city board would begin an open process to develop an ordinance governing liquor and wine sales.
Before now, all liquor votes in Mississippi have been countywide, though liquor and wine can be sold only within municipal boundaries. Corinth sought authorization from the Legislature in the 2012 session for a special city-only vote, which was the impetus for broader legislation that allows cities over 5,000 or that are county seats to hold such elections upon petition by 20 percent of registered voters.