(WBIR) It's official - wine in grocery stores will be up for vote in Farragut for the November elections.
Knox County Election administrator Cliff Rodgers said Monday morning workers stopped counting and verifying signatures to get the referendum on wine sales for the Farragut ballot when they hit 800. To meet the measure on the ballot, supporters had to gather at least 782 signatures, which equals 10 percent of voters in the most recent gubernatorial race in Farragut.
Next, workers will check signatures for the City of Knoxville, which needs about 3,400 signatures. Getting wine in grocery stores on the ballot in Knox County will require more than 6,000 signatures, and those will be verified last.
The non-profit group, Red White and Food, has gathered signatures across the state for the wine in retail stores petition campaign.
Grocery stores like Food City, Kroger, Bi-Lo, and Publix have allowed the group to gather signatures from customers in their stores.
In communities where the referendum passes, retail stores will be able to sell wine starting July 1, 2016.