Judge voids vote to allow liquor sales in Barling

FORT SMITH (AP) - A Sebastian County judge has voided the election results that approved the sale of liquor in Barling.

The Southwest Times reports that Circuit Judge Steve Tabor ruled Tuesday that Arkansas law and state Supreme Court precedent are clear that when a county or district votes to prohibit liquor sales - then no portion of that county or district may hold a local option election.

Booneville attorney Erik Danielson challenged the Nov. 6 election in which Barling voters approved liquor sales by a nearly 2 to 1 margin.

Danielson said that because the entire southern district of Sebastian County had banned liquor sales in 1944 - then state law requires the entire district to vote on whether a single city can allow liquor sales and Tabor agreed.


Information from: Southwest Times Record,

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