Henderson Co. voters weigh in on alcohol sales - FOX Carolina 21

Henderson Co. voters weigh in on alcohol sales

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HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

For the first time in nearly 60 years, voters in Henderson County will have chance to vote on alcohol sales in some unincorporated areas.

The Henderson County alcohol referenda is on the ballot for everyone to vote on Tuesday, affecting those who want to buy alcohol in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Parts of the county, like Bat Cave, have been dry for years, where it is illegal to sell alcohol.

"We come here on vacation and we have to drive 20 or 30 miles to go get some alcohol and I don't think it's right," said Curtis Parker, a Henderson County resident.

Marion Baker owns Bat Cave River Cottages and said if the town wants to see more business, the laws need to change.

Voters on Tuesday should be aware that there is no simple "for" or "against." Instead there are what some describe as nine confusing questions dealing with malt liquor and unfortified wine.

In short, the malt liquor means beer and unfortified wine is plain old wine.

Baker says she'll rely on a little divine intervention in hopes it will all make sense.

"I go through and read it prior to going and voting and I pray and I ask the Lord give me the right answer to help business owners and people who live here," said Baker.

People have not had the chance to vote on alcohol sales in unincorporated Henderson County since 1955.

While some people feel the law should stay as it is other people, especially business owners, would like to see alcohol sales legalized.

Right now there are no bars and you can't buy alcohol in the grocery store or a restaurant, both of which are difficult to find in the dry areas.

Henderson County voters will have the chance to speak up on Tuesday along with voters throughout North Carolina on issues beyond alcohol, including the controversial marriage ruling Amendment One, as well as candidates for governor and Republican presidential race.

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