- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) - Pontotoc residents appear to have approved legalizing beer sales in their town, but are rejecting liquor sales.

Unofficial results in Tuesday’s special election showed the beer referendum leading 844-792, while a separate referendum on liquor sales trailing 829-825.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/XCoRwy) reports 55 affidavit ballots remain to be counted on Sept. 24. That’s enough to sway both of the votes, although almost all affidavit ballots would have to be accepted and vote against beer to reverse that 52-vote lead.

Officials say 1,666 votes were cast, about 46 percent of the city’s registered voters.

Pontotoc is one at least nine towns statewide to authorize alcohol sales after a 2012 law allowed county seats and cities with more than 5,000 resident to hold votes even if counties stayed dry.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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