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Smith County Pct. 4 votes for Prop. 1 & 2 are in

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - We've given you both sides of the wet dry debate and Saturday night both sides heard from the voters.  Here are the numbers for the Smith County J.P. Precinct 4 Liquor Election.

Proposition one, which would allow the legal sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption failed with 1,461 votes to 1,311.

Proposition two passed by a small margin with 1,400 for and 1,358 against.  That means restaurants can sell mixed beverages if they have a certificate. 

Members of "Keep Precinct Four Dry" watched and waited in the lobby of the courthouse annex building Saturday night.  Early votes and mail in ballots were posted at 7:00 p.m. with numbers staying fairly even.  The final count came in just before 9:30 p..m and East Texas News spoke to both sides on their post election thoughts.

Frequent spokesman for "Keep Precinct Four Dry," Pastor Tony Watson says he was glad for the victory, but wished for more.

"Obviously, we're very please with the results," said Watson.  "Obviously, wished that all four had gotten voted down, but we're very excited with the results and believe that the cause that we felt compelled to go for was something that a lot of people shared our burden and our concern for, and that certainly is very encouraging."

Andy Osborn, with Smith County Citizens For Economic Growth attributes the loss to poor voter turnout.

"There's not a lot of voters that came out, and when we do this again we're going to go about it differently," said Osborn.  "We're going to go about it in a way where the voters know exactly where to go, and we're going to get the message out loud and clear.  I felt good about this election, I really did, and next go around we're going to get this thing done."  Optimistic about the future Osborn refused to let the outcome get him down.

"You can count on it," he added.

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