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Dry counties could vote to go wet

Election day is one week away and many voters will be deciding between staying dry or going wet. Clark County is considering allowing the sale of alcohol on Election Day.

Election day is one week away and many voters will be deciding between staying dry or going wet. Clark County has been dry since 1943, and some people want it to stay that way.

Bill Viser will be voting no on Tuesday. He doesn't want alcohol being sold in his community.

"We are one of the top 50 places to live in the United States in terms of family favorable places to live. I just feel there are other ways to get growth in Clark County than bringing in alcohol. It won't fix our problems."

Dry supporters in Arkadelphia organized town hall meetings at Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University to reach out to voters before Election Day, but for some, the message doesn't resinate. Some students say, they'll find ways to drink by going to neighboring counties to purchase alcohol. By doing so, that money leaves the county.

But dry supporters say, alcohol in a community is like a cancer. Joshua Simpson is against alcohol sales because he says, drinking is a bad habit.

"Some people are addicted to it, especially having it closer to campus where kids can get a hold of it. Even though underage kids can't buy it, there are plenty of people who buy it for them."

Neighboring Garland County is wet, but the Pulaski County line is the last stop along I-30 heading to Texarkana to purchase alcohol. Supporters of going wet in Clark County say, the county could keep the money local, attract businesses and create jobs.

Andy Barry will be voting for a wet county next Tuesday.

"The majority of the world drinks. This is the wettest dry county of them all. By going wet, we're not going to stop binge drinking. It's already going on."

Right now 41 counties are dry in Arkansas. Boone County is also voting on the wet dry issue on Tuesday.

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