Red White And Food Announces Petition Campaign Progress

Process Will Put Wine On The Ballot On Nov. 4

Friday, July 18, 2014

Red White and Food, the nonprofit organization that supports allowing wine sales in Tennessee’s retail food stores, announced Friday that more than 119,000 signatures have been collected statewide for the wine in retail food stores petition campaign.

“It’s encouraging to see the level of enthusiasm Tennesseans have shown for the campaign,” said Red White and Food campaign manager Susie Alcorn. “We could not be where we are in the process without our retail food store partners. They have made the petitions available to their customers, and that has made a tremendous difference in the number of registered voters we are able to reach. We are grateful for their support.”

Tennessee retailers, including Cash Saver, Food City, Kroger, Publix, H.G. Hill and Superlo Foods, announced in early June that they would make wine petitions available to their customers in their stores throughout the summer. BI-LO and Food Lion have joined the effort and will also provide petitions in their stores. Registered voters who wish to sign the petition are encouraged to visit for a complete list of petition locations.

To get the wine referendum on the ballot, eligible communities – those that already allow liquor-by-the-drink, liquor stores or both – must submit these petitions to their local election commission with at least as many signatures as would equal 10 percent of their residents who voted in the last gubernatorial election. The petitions must be completed and verified by the local election commissions by Aug. 21.

Collecting the necessary number of valid signatures that will meet the approval of the county election commissions is no easy task. Red White and Food recommends that everyone interested in signing their local petition bring their voter registration card with them to verify that they sign correctly. Below are guidelines about the signature collection process:

·         Individuals who sign the petition must be registered to vote in Tennessee and sign the particular petition for the community in which they are registered.

·         Each registered voter’s signature will be counted only once.

·         Online petitions are not an option. The signatures must be written in ink.

·         If one signs the petition, the signature and printed name must match their voter registration card exactly.

·         Each completed petition must be certified by the election commission for each eligible municipality.

In communities where the referendum passes, retail food stores will be able to sell wine beginning July 1, 2016.

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