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#Decision2018: Cleveland residents to vote on liquor referendum

The retail package store referendum was placed on the ballot back in February when supporters gathered enough signatures.
Tuesday, November 6th 2018, 6:34 PM EST by Jake Chapman
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In Bradley County, voters in Cleveland will decide if they want to allow liquor stores to open in the city.

Channel 3 visited multiple voting locations and the parking lots were full.

A few of the locations had voters lined up out the door. People waited around and were not deterred by the long lines.

The Bradley County Election Commission tells Channel 3, they counted more than 9,000 ballots cast during early voting. 

County election officials say voter turnout for the 2018 midterms could be the biggest they have ever had.

The retail package store referendum was placed on the ballot back in February when supporters gathered enough signatures.

Supporters say $1-million a year is spent on liquor in communities outside of Cleveland.

Some voters off camera say they think having liquor stores in the county could boost the local economy.

However, people who are against the referendum say bringing this kind of business to Cleveland could affect its identity.

Polls will stay open until 8:00 pm in Tennessee.

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