Sevier County officials cautious about liquor vote

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tuesday is the last day for voters in Pigeon Forge to register if they want to cast a ballot in the town's liquor by the drink referendum.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that a group opposing liquor sales is crying foul something supporters are doing to drum up votes.

Corporate entities that own commercial real estate in the city are deeding one percent ownership to individuals who then register to vote as property owners. The method is legal.

Sevier County Election Administrator Ronee Flynn said there has been a noticeable increase in voter registrations by nonresident property owners.

Voters approved liquor by the drink in a November vote, but a judge later voided that result. That's because nearly 300 ballots had been incorrectly given to ineligible voters.

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