Stokesdale Liquor By the Drink Referendum (2009)

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A Stokesdale Liquor By the Drink Referendum was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Guilford County, North Carolina for the voters in the City of Stokesdale.[1]

The vote on the Stokesdale Town Council to put the measure on the ballot was 3-2

Stokesdale has a population of about 3,300 people.

Election results

The measure was approved.[2]

Stokesdale Liquor By the Drink Referendum
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 415 60.06%
No 276 30.94%
Total votes 691 100.00%
Voter turnout 15%


Worth Mitchell, a Stokesdale developer, supported the measure. He said, "It allows good quality restaurants to come in and offer good paying jobs to stimulate the local economy."

Mayor Pro Tem Mickie Holbrook said, "A lot of people didn’t want the Food Lion, but two of my children got jobs there," emphasizing the potential job-creating impact of the referendum.


Town Council member Norman Cook voted not to put the ballot measure on the ballot. He said, "I don’t understand why this is being brought up again at this time. We just had this five months ago."

Path to the ballot

Because the town council voted to put the measure on the ballot, supporters of liquor-by-the-drink don't have to circulate a petition to collect the signatures of 35% of Stokesdale’s registered voters, which would otherwise have been required to bring the question to a vote.

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