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Henderson Co. voters approve alcohol sales

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Voters in Henderson County spoke up Tuesday during the North Carolina primary to ensure parts of the county would no longer remain dry.

People have not had the chance to vote on alcohol sales in unincorporated Henderson County since 1955. On Tuesday, they had nine votes to make on alcohol.

While not all nine passed, the ones that did will bring alcohol to formerly dry areas of Henderson County.

The affected unincorporated areas will now be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor in restaurants, bars and stores. These areas can also have ABC stores. Hotels and motels will be able to sell beer.

There was no all-inclusive, simple "for" or "against" vote on Tuesday's ballot. Instead, there were what some described 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.

Voters approved the following alcohol referenda:

  • 59.39 percent voted for on-premises and off-premises sales of malt beverages.
  • 58.46 percent voted for on-premises sales by hotels, motels and restaurants only, and off-premises sales by other permittees of malt beverages.
  • 60.92 percent voted for on-premises and off-premises sales of unfortified wine
  • 66.94 percent voted for the ABC store election.
  • 67.71 percent voted for the mixed beverage election.

The four referenda that did not pass were questions that limited alcohol sales by type of alcohol (wine or beer) and type of sale (on or off-premises).

According to the Times-News, the sale of alcoholic beverages will be legal as soon as businesses can complete the permitting process.

For complete Henderson County election results, visit the Henderson County Board of Elections website.

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