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Unofficial Results of Madison County Wet/Dry Vote

By: Garin Flowers Email
By: Garin Flowers Email

[UPDATE] Madison County, Florida- August 28, 2012

WCTV has received unofficial results of the Madison County Wet/Dry Vote.

Those results can by viewed here:

http://www.voterfocus.com/enrstatic.php?county=madison&election=66

At this time, and unofficially:

61.61 percent of voters voted "For Selling Intoxicating Liquors,Wines, or Beer containing more than 6.243 percent of alcohol by volume".

38.38 percent voted Against.

68.50 percent voted "For Sales by the Package and Drink".

31.49 percent voted "For Sales by the Package Only."
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[UPDATE] Madison County, Florida- August 28, 2012

Yes or No.

Many Madison County residents have awaited this vote for months.

Hundreds of people took a pit stop in their day to make a decision whether to allow hard liquor sales in this area.

It's all a part of a special election approved by the county commission.

Reverend Benji Dyal has been out campaigning since around 8 a.m.. He feels strongly about voting no.

"It's a bad thing and it only causes damage to families, I have never seen alcohol bring a good thing to a community, only bad things," Dyal said.

Those against the alcohol referendum believe passing it will bring in more problems than money.

And those for the alcohol referendum...

"People drink, you're not gonna stop that, people always drank. It's just for economy, maybe we'll get some new businesses," said Robert Wieland, helping out with the MadisonYes! campaign.

Lester Hilton came out with his entire family to help MadisonYes! push for alcohol sales here. He believes it'll be safer for people so they don't have to drive far away for liquor.

"it's a long way to drive, a lot more encounters and it's just an unsafe ruling to have," Hilton said.

Win or lose people here say they are happy with their effort and will continue to make this a better place.

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[UPDATE] Madison County, Florida- August 27, 2012

Tuesday is a big vote for a local county. Residents will decide whether to allow the sale of alcohol or keep it the same.

Currently, Madison County is a dry area. Stores can sell liquor items up to six percent, but nothing more.

The county commission approved a special election which will allow residents to choose. Early voting started last week and Tuesday will be the last chance to decide.

We will have coverage of the election and bring you the results.

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Madison County, Florida- August 22, 2012

The Florida primary may be over, but Madison County still has an issue to settle.

A special election could make it a wet county or keep it the same.

It's so important to people in favor of alcohol sales, they've rented out office space, dedicated to the "MadisonYes!" campaign.

"Our phone campaigns, our mailing campaigns are working to get the votes out as we planned," said Ted Ensminger, who started "MadisonYes!"

The campaign has been up and running for almost a year. They believe allowing the sale of alcohol will give businesses a boost.

"This initiative will create jobs in Madison County, including, but especially hospitality jobs," Ensminger said.

The main opponents to the alcohol referedum have mostly been church groups.

"Alcohol coming here would only cause problems, Madison is a Christian neighborhood and we don't want to bring it here," said AJ Troller with the Madison Church of God.

Madison isn't all the way dry, stores can sale drinks with a six percent concentration of alcohol, this referendum would take that limit away if passed.

But, if opponents to alcohol here get their way, things will stay the same.

"I'm happy without it being here and I hope people vote no."

Early voting for the referendum runs through Friday.

The special election is set for Tuesday, August 28.


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