LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments Oct. 9 in a legal challenge to a ballot measure that would allow statewide alcohol sales.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments Oct. 9 in a legal challenge to a ballot measure that would allow statewide alcohol sales.


The group Citizens for Local Rights is seeking to have stricken from the Nov. 4 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would make all 75 Arkansas counties wet. The group claims that supporters of the measure were late in submitting signatures and that the wording of the ballot measure does not adequately explain it to voters; Secretary of State Mark Martin has argued that both claims are false.


The state’s highest court said Thursday that briefs in the case are due Sept. 25 and reply briefs are due Oct. 2.


The Supreme Court also granted a request by representatives of Let Arkansas Decide, the group sponsoring the proposal, to intervene in the case.


Arkansas currently has 38 wet counties and 37 dry counties.