IUKA – Despite submitting almost 2,500 signatures on petitions to force a vote on the legalization of alcohol in Tishomingo County, activist Charles “Tubby” Aldridge still has a ways to go.
Almost 800 of the signatures on the petitions were rejected, said Circuit Clerk Donna Dill.
Reasons for disqualifying the names include the petition signer not being a registered voter in the county, the name appearing more than once on a petition and the signatures of more than one person appearing to be written by the same individual.
“People whose names were rejected started getting letters from me today telling them to contact the circuit clerk’s office to find out why,” Aldridge said on Friday. “I’m mailing out letters to all those names and it’s costing me almost $800.”
He said he determined to see the issue come to a vote whether the county becomes wet for alcohol or not.
Since Aldridge wants the vote to include both beer and alcohol, state law requires that the petitions have signatures of 20 percent of the county’s registered voters, which Dill estimates at about 2,690 to account for fluctuations in county population and the additional time needed to gather more signatures.
“This is the 14th month I’ve been at it, and I am not going to quit until I get an election,” Aldridge said. “It’s not whether it goes wet or dry, but I think people need to vote on it. If I don’t get it on the November ballot, it’s going to cost about $18,000 to have a special election.”
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