LITTLE ROCK — A group that supports allowing alcohol sales in Saline County is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to let the county’s residents vote on the matter.

LITTLE ROCK — A group that supports allowing alcohol sales in Saline County is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to let the county’s residents vote on the matter.


Our Communities, Our Dollars, filed an appeal Monday asking the state’s highest court to overturn Saline County Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips’ ruling that the group failed to submit enough valid signatures to place its proposal to legalize alcohol sales in the currently dry county on the Nov. 4 ballot. Phillips on Friday disqualified 159 signatures and said the group had fallen short by nearly 90 signatures.


Phillips issued the ruling in a lawsuit that was filed by three Saline County residents after the Saline County clerk’s office certified that the signatures submitted in support of the proposal exceeded the required number by 73.


Our Communities, Our Dollars, which is backed by Wal-Mart, Kum & Go and other retail stores, contends there are 720 signatures that the clerk’s office did not verify because it halted the verification process after it believed the required number had been reached.


The group also sought to place similar measures on the ballot in Craighead and Faulkner counties this year but in July it dropped its efforts in those counties.