Early voting underway for liquor election

Early voting is underway for people looking to cast a ballot in the Pigeon Forge liquor by the drink referendum.

Early voting is underway in Sevierville. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Early voting is underway for people looking to cast a ballot in the Pigeon Forge liquor by the drink referendum.

Voting opened at 10am on Friday, and by 11am the Sevier County Election Commission said 35 people had already showed up to vote.

People looking to vote early can go to the election commission office on Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville February 22, 2013 - March 9, 2013. The office will be open Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm and on Saturday's from 9am - Noon.

11 restaurants are now serving liquor in Pigeon Forge, permits were issued by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Board after the November election was certified. Restaurant owners now wonder what happens to their investments.

A Sevier County Chancery Court Judge ruled that a November 2012 election was inaccurate and ordered a new election to determine if liquor should be sold at restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

Sevier County Chancellor Telford Fogerty ordered a new election take place no sooner than 45 days and no later than 60 days from now. He did not say whether businesses already serving liquor must stop.

The ruling came after a lawsuit filed after the November election challenged 289 votes.

The election will take place on March 14th.


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