Students Protest Against Alcohol in Plainview - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/6/07

Students Protest Against Alcohol in Plainview

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It's Election Day, but as expected voter turnout in Lubbock is extremely low.

County election officials tell us the polls have been slow all day.

The secretary of state predicted less than ten percent of registered voters in Texas would show up to vote on the state's 16 constitutional amendments, but it does appear that alcohol is bringing voters to the polls in two South Plains' towns.

In Plainview close to 2,500 people turned out for early voting on a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in stores and restaurants, but the issue isn't drawing just voters to the polls.

"We are protesting the alcohol bill. We don't want it in Plainview and we're trying to get our voice heard," says Stevie Douglas, a Plainview High School student protestor.

Douglas along with nine of her friends will march at each of the polling locations in Plainview. Their goal is to get one point across.

"Well each of us has seen the effects of alcohol among our friends. We don't want that to increase. We don't want them to have more drunken driving accidents," says Douglas.

And some voters couldn't agree more with the students' point of view.

"We're voting against it for our future and our kids. We think it's a bad idea," says one father.

While other voters respect the kids for taking a stand, they say they're not seeing the bigger picture. A recent study shows Plainview is missing out on around $12 million in alcohol sales which could mean an additional $187,000 in sales tax revenue to the city.

"Look around downtown Plainview, go up and down Fifth Street, look at our empty buildings and don't tell me we don't need economic development," says one voter for alcohol sales in Plainview.

"I decided to vote yes because it's part of economic growth and expansion and I think Plainview has a lot of growth that can happen if you pass it," says another voter for alcohol sales in Plainview. 

Others are staying tightlipped about how they will vote.

"I don't know yet. I'm kind of personal. I don't want it to come back so I want to keep it to myself right now," says one voter.

However you plan to take a stand, expect to run into one group of high school students exercising a right they feel honored to have.

"To all the youth in the surrounding areas, you make your own future and the only way your voice will be heard is if you state it," says Douglas.

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