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Hope for Sunday alcohol sales in Greenville Co. continues

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A copy of the petition trying to get alcohol sales on the ballot. (Source: David McCraw) A copy of the petition trying to get alcohol sales on the ballot. (Source: David McCraw)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After the potential referendum was nixed by the Greenville County Council, many thought getting the Sunday alcohol sales question on the ballot this year was a lost cause.

But there is still one more chance for voters to have a say on whether or not they can buy alcohol on Sundays in the county.

According to Greenville County Elections Director Conway Belangia, the law allows referendums to be added to November ballots by petition, if the petition gets enough signatures 120 days prior to the election.

That means if 7,500 registered Greenville County voters sign the petition and it is submitted by July 7, the proposed referendum would be on the November ballot allowing voters, not the county council, to decide whether or not alcohol sales should be legal on Sundays.

Greenville County Council's Committee of the Whole put the brakes on the referendum that would have allowed voters to decide in November. Read more about their decision here.

One Upstate business owner is already working to get those signatures. David McCraw owns Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House off of Pelham Road.

He has started a petition to get the referendum on the ballot and is working to get copies of the petition up at restaurants across the county and in the city limits.

McCraw said it is important for voters know that even if they live in the city limits of Greenville, they still reside in the county and can sign the petition. So far, McCraw said copies of the petition are available for people to sign at all of the restaurants along Restaurant Row and he is working to get them to all restaurants by tomorrow.

If at least 7,500 people sign the petition, the referendum will make the November ballot then voters will get to weigh-in on whether or not they want Sunday alcohol sales. Signees are asked to include, but are not required, to have their voter registration number and precinct. They can look it up that information online here.

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