Early voting results totals show local alcohol options winning by a landslide margins in the city of Tyler and Justice of the Peace Precinct 2.
Four proposals, two to legalize the sale of beer and wine within the city limits and Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, which includes unincorporated areas surrounding southern Tyler, Flint, Noonday and Bullard, and two to expand mixed beverage sales in those jurisdictions, went before voters in those areas today.
Proposition 1 would expand mixed beverage sales for restaurants, while Proposition 2 would legalize the sale of beer and wine in the respective jurisdictions.
Early voting results for Proposition 2 in Tyler are 14,809 to 7,719, or 65.7 percent to 34.3 percent. Early results in JP Precinct 2 are 12,390 to 6,733, or 64.8percent to 35.2 percent. If Proposition 2 passes, residents inside the city limits and JP Precinct two will be able to purchase beer and wine to take home.
The early vote results for Proposition 1 in Tyler are 15,927 to 6,136 or 72 percent to 27 percent. Early votes for Proposition 1 in JP Precinct 2 are 12,665 to 5,227, or 70.1 percent to 29.2 percent.
Smith County has been “dry” since 1940. Voters last defeated proposals to sell all alcohol 58 percent to 42 percent in 1976.