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Recount: Alcohol sales in Carthage restaurants, stores approved

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A recount has found that Carthage voters have approved a proposition allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages in local restaurants after all. A recount has found that Carthage voters have approved a proposition allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages in local restaurants after all.
Voters approved the sale of alcoholic beverages in Carthage stores for off-premise consumption. Wednesday's recount confirmed the approval, only by a wider margin. Voters approved the sale of alcoholic beverages in Carthage stores for off-premise consumption. Wednesday's recount confirmed the approval, only by a wider margin.
The recount is took place at the Courthouse Annex on College St. in Carthage. (Source: Rodger McLane/The Panola Watchman) The recount is took place at the Courthouse Annex on College St. in Carthage. (Source: Rodger McLane/The Panola Watchman)
CARTHAGE, TX (KSLA) -

A proposition allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption in Carthage stores has passed after all.

Proposition 2 originally appeared to fail by 19 votes on election night, November 5. But in a recount completed early Wednesday afternoon, the final tally shows that voters approved the measure by a margin of 48 votes.

A discrepancy between the total number of votes cast and the number of ballots counted was discovered the day after the election, prompting a request for a recount on both Proposition 2 and Proposition 1.

Proposition 1 allows for the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages for consumption at local restaurants. It originally passed by a margin of 10 votes on November 5. Wednesday's recount confirmed voters approved the measure, but by a wider margin of 87 votes.

Carthage Elections Administrator Cheyenne Lampley said the mistake that led to the recount boils down to human error.

Local stores are expected to be able to begin selling alcoholic beverage for off-premise consumption in about 45 days. Restaurants will need to apply for licenses to sell alcoholic beverages through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

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