McPherson voters have spoken and they have concluded that there should be Sunday liquor and cereal malt beverage sales allowed in town. In a vote Tuesday, the unofficial numbers showed 509 in favor of Sunday liquor sales and 475 in opposition with nine provisional ballots left to be counted.
Early voting began Feb 20 in the election. In September the members of the McPherson City Commission voted to adopt an ordinance to uphold the ban, though a group of people had asked the city to do otherwise.
“We voted to keep the status quo of no Sunday sales,” Mayor Tom Brown said at the time. “We felt that’s what the people wanted in the past. If it were to be changed, it should be the people who should decide they want the change.”
Brown explained that Kansas law allows voters to challenge the ordinance and so they did. In order for a special election to take place a petition had to be submitted within 60 days of the approval of the ordinance. The petition had to be signed by 5 percent of city residents who voted in the most recent presidential election-277 signatures. Rhonda Pliler-Boydston, owner of Dottie’s Girls Wine and Spirits, and her daughter, Amy Russell, organized the petition and got 362 signatures, though some were disqualified for various technical reasons. A final count of 294 signatures triggered the special election.
This vote allows for retail sale of cereal malt beverages on any Sunday except Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.