Your Signature Might Not Count on Alcohol Petitions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/6/08

Your Signature Might Not Count on Alcohol Petitions

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If you haven't registered to vote by now you do not get a say in who will be the next president of the United States.

Thousands of Lubbock County residents took advantage of the extended hours at the office of elections Monday and filled out their voter registration card. The exact number of those who registered on the last day to do so is not yet known since the elections office is just one of the many places you could register.

But the race for the White House isn't the only highly contested issue Lubbock citizens face. In fact, you might be among the many who think, ‘I just registered to vote, and now I'm ready to go sign the two local option alcohol petitions' - but not so fast.

Most people who rushed to get registered to vote Monday are interested in the November presidential election, but there are some who were hoping that by registering to vote, their signature might help put packaged alcohol sales on the ballot.

But Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy says you needed to be registered more than a month ago. "In order to be eligible to sign the two liquor option petitions that are out at the Wal-Marts and different things, you do have to be registered to vote 30 days prior to when they were issued. So that means you would have to have had your application in here to our office by September 1st in order to be eligible to sign the petition that went out October 1st," said Kennedy.

So if you sign one or both of the petitions and you were registered to vote on or before September 1st, your signature will be valid, but if you waited till the last minute to register then your signature does not count.

In the meantime, Let Lubbock Vote says while they do not have a confirmed number of signatures, since the signatures must go through a validation process, the turnout to sign the petitions has been better than they anticipated.

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