With the deadline for petitions to be turned in this week, a number of East Tennessee communities have already confirmed that their communities will be able to vote on being able to buy wine in grocery stores.
In order to appear on the ballot, supporters in each city or county had to gather valid signatures equal to10 percent of the voters in the most recent gubernatorial race. Each signature had to be verified by the local election commissions. In addition, only cites and counties with existing liquor laws are eligible to vote on wine in grocery stores.
In communities where the referendum passes, retail stores will be able to sell wine starting July 1, 2016.
Wine in grocery stores will be on the November ballot in:
- Knox County
- Lenoir City
- Oak Ridge