Andrews Residents Swarm The Polls To Vote On New Alcohol Law 10/21/13
October 21, 2013
Andrews - Many Andrews residents are hoping for a big change after the November elections. On the ballot is the hot button topic of whether the town should allow alcohol sells within the city limits.
Controversy has been driving the town for months, now billboards and road signs cover the city both for and against the new law. The polls were packed Monday afternoon, after only about 20 minutes standing outside; dozens of residents went in and out to vote, all expressing their views.
“If we had it here then there would be less accidents from drinking and driving because they have to go get it and come back over now,” said an Andrews resident.
Signs are plastered all over the town pleading for residents to vote “no,” and keep Andrews dry. “There’s a lot of young people here, and they’re all going to want to drink, and that’s not right, so I think it should just stay dry,” said one Andrews resident.
However, even though it may look like the town wants to stay dry, many are saying for safety purposes it only makes sense to allow alcohol inside city limits. “People are still driving to Midland anyway to buy it and then they’re having to drive 30 miles and are drinking on the way.”
Andrews resident Yevonne Shepker, has been a big proponent for bringing alcohol into the city. She says its best to keep money local and with the growth, she would be surprised if it failed to pass once again. “It is the wettest dry town in the state, because if you don’t have it here, you got the bootleggers. It almost passed last time, we have a lot of younger people in town now so I just think it’s going to pass this time, I’m hoping anyways.”
If passed the new law will allow restaurants to have bars but hard liquor stores will not be allowed. Early voting continues through November first with the main Election Day being November fifth.