Wet/dry election could be coming to Martin County later this year

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MARTIN COUNTY - There are only seven of the 254 Texas counties that remain dry - and the largest of those counties is Martin County, where voters may have a chance later this year to reduce that number to six.

A group of residents has begun the detailed process of filing all the proper paperwork to call a wet/dry election for the county.

The election, if the petitions are signed and delivered in the proper time frame, would not be until later in the year since the deadline for any election in May would have passed.

Of the seven counties in Texas that are still dry, Martin is the largest by two to three thousand people. Other counties still dry are mostly some of the tiniest, least-populated counties like Throckmorton, Borden, Roberts and Kent, each of which has fewer than 850 residents.

The other two are in the northeastern-most part of the state in Collingsworth and Hemphill counties, where Wellington and Canadian are mostly the only towns in each of those counties. Each county has about 3000 residents.

In Martin County, residents seeking the wet/dry vote have begun the process by preparing the documents to seek petitions.

Should they be successful in getting an election called, recent studies have shown that the success rate for approval is overwhelming.



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