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January 26, 2012

Hanceville to hold alcohol sales referendum March 13

HANCEVILLE — The City of Hanceville will get its second referendum on alcohol sales in as many years, following the city council’s mandatory acceptance Thursday evening of a petition calling for the measure.

The referendum, which will be held March 13 in a process separate from the party primaries scheduled for the same day, comes just two years after residents narrowly defeated the city’s first-ever wet-dry vote by 28 votes.

Although voting for the referendum will take place in the same two Hanceville locations that must also host primary ballot boxes — at City Hall and at the Stepville fire station — state law requires that separate provisions be made for voting in the referendum, including maintaining separate polling areas and elections workers at the two voting locations.

Hanceville mayor Kenneth Nail explained that the city council cannot decline to place the measure onto the March ballot, once a petition has been submitted which meets all requirements.

“It’s not a matter of whether we agree or disagree with whether Hanceville should be wet or dry; it’s a matter where we’ve got to follow the law,” said Nail. “The law says we have to allow people to have the opportunity to vote on it, and we’re simply doing what we’ve got to do, legally, to put it on the ballot.”

Regardless of that mandate, council member Jimmy Sawyer cast a lone dissenting vote in approving the setting of the referendum vote.

Read more on Hanceville’s March 13 alcohol sales referendum in an  upcoming print edition of The Cullman Times.

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