Liquor Sales Referendum Decided by One Vote

By Carly O'Keefe - bio | email

CARRIER MILLS, IL (KFVS) - People in the Village of Carrier Mills found out that every vote counts during Tuesday's election.  A referendum that would have allowed liquor to be sold in town was defeated by just one vote.
Signs posted all over town say "vote yes" or "vote no" and while you'd think YES means a vote for liquor and NO means a vote against, that's not how it works.
"The question has to be worded ‘shall the sale of alcoholic liquor in the Village of Carrier Mills be prohibited," which means NO is a wet vote, and YES is a dry vote. Everyone in town was confused," said Carrier Mills Mayor Louis Shaw.
On the issue, the town was split down the middle.
"I think it's a good idea for the town for revenue," said Randy Daniels of Carrier Mills.  "If people are going to drink, they're going to do it whether it's here or not."
"I voted not to have liquor," said Carrier Mills resident Jerry Meler.
When the ballots were tallied, the YES votes (against liquor) won by a single vote.  Believe it or not, it's not the first time Carrier Mills has seen that result. Two elections ago, the same question was put to voters, and one vote kept the village dry back then too.
"Two elections in a row, one vote. It's unbelievable. It proves how important it is to go vote," Shaw said.
Folks in the White County town of Norris City also voted on whether or not to remain a dry community.  The NOs won, by one vote, which means the ban on liquor sales will be lifted in Norris City.

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