by Anayeli Ruiz
ANDREWS - Booze in Andrews won't be on the ballot in May's election. The group Promote Andrews was pushing for the sale of alcohol in the city but they failed to get the required signatures needed for their petition.
Promote Andrews had until Tuesday night to turn in 601 signatures. That means voters will not see the issue on ballot this year and Andrews will remain a dry county for at least another year.
This same issue was shot down by voters in November of last year in a very tight race. The group says there were two of the reasons why they didn't meet their deadline. One, the local newspaper said they would post all the signatures in the paper. They believe this move discouraged residents from signing the petition. The second reason was their campaign coordinator was dealing with personal issues, so time ran out.
Promote Andrews is not throwing in the towel though. They believe it's only a matter of time before Andrews becomes a wet county. They just have to wait until next year to strike again.
Only half of the required signatures were collected. The group says no petitions are in the works, the law states they can only do one petition a year. The county tax assessor says the increase in voter turnout, also increased the number of signatures required on the petition.