- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot.

Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the secretary of state’s office to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.

Monday is the deadline for supporters of proposed initiated acts and amendments to turn in petitions to qualify for the ballot. The alcohol measure would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 counties. Currently 37 Arkansas counties are dry.

The secretary of state’s office will spend the next few days conducting an initial count of the signatures.

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