Judge to hear arguments on Rogersville Wet/Dry vote

Published: Nov. 17, 2010 at 10:46 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM CST
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By Nick Lough - bio | email

ROGERSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Thursday, a Lauderdale County judge will hear arguments over some contested ballots that were cast in the Rogersville wet-dry vote.

On November 2nd, in a vote 219 to 218, the community decided to stay dry.

Earlier this week, Rogersville's mayor got involved, releasing a statement saying at least two people who live outside to the town voted on the referendum.

A Lauderdale County circuit court judge is scheduled to hear the matter Thursday afternoon and could decide to toss out the results and call for a re-vote.

Supporters of the referendum say, if passed, alcohol sales could bring in a lot of extra revenue.

"We're just here to think about the school kids, and the city hall, and the community in general. There's an awful lot of pot holes up here we can fill up with a little bit of tax revenue," said supporter Pearson Warren.

Opponents, though, say it will also bring along a lot of unwanted trouble.

"If it does come to a re-vote, I can assure you we will be out in force, trying to convince the voters in Rogersville alcohol is something we just don't need in our town," said Morris Lentz, who's against the referendum.

One thing the two sides do agree on is if the judge decides to hold a re-vote, they want to make sure it's a fair vote with only residents from the town casting ballots.

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