2010 Tennessee Code
Title 57 - Intoxicating Liquors
Chapter 3 - Local OptionTraffic in Intoxicating Liquors
Part 1 - General Provisions
57-3-106 - Local option election Municipalities where applicable Supplemental voter registration Restrictions on frequency of elections.

57-3-106. Local option election Municipalities where applicable Supplemental voter registration Restrictions on frequency of elections.

(a)  (1)  Except as provided in subsection (g), the voters of any county may, by local option election, permit the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution and possession of alcoholic beverages, within the territorial limits of such county, by a majority vote, at an election held as hereinafter provided, and, in the event of such permission, the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution and possession of alcoholic beverages in such county are lawful; provided, that sales at retail as herein defined shall be made only in the municipalities in such county as herein defined, or within a civil district of such county, which district shall have a population of thirty thousand (30,000) persons or over according to the federal census for the year 1950 or any subsequent census, but which civil district shall not have lying either wholly or partly within its boundaries a municipality as herein defined.

     (2)  In like manner, the voters of any county, at any time while this chapter is in effect, may, by local option election, forbid the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution and/or possession of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages, within the territorial limits of such county, by a majority vote, at an election to be held as hereinafter provided, and, in the event of such prohibition, the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution and/or possession of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages in such county is unlawful; provided, that this does not apply to a bona fide manufacturer, actually engaged in manufacture under the provisions of this chapter.

(b)  (1)  Except in counties having populations of:

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according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, the voters of any municipality in this state which has been incorporated under a general or special law or laws of this state for five (5) years or longer and which has a population of nine hundred twenty-five (925) or more persons according to the federal census of 1970 or any subsequent federal census, except in municipalities with a population of not less than one thousand two hundred thirty (1,230) nor more than one thousand two hundred fifty (1,250) according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, in any county having a population of not less than thirteen thousand five hundred (13,500) nor more than thirteen thousand six hundred (13,600) according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, may, by local option election, permit the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution and/or possession of alcoholic beverages within the territorial limits of such municipality by a majority vote, at an election held as hereinafter provided, and in the event of such permission, the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution and/or possession of alcoholic beverages in such municipality shall be, and become lawful, notwithstanding the fact that the county or any portion thereof in which such municipality is located has, or has not, voted to the contrary under any other provision of this chapter, and the same shall continue to be lawful until the same is forbidden by the voters of such municipality, by majority vote thereof, at a local option election held as hereinafter provided.

     (2)  In like manner, the voters of any such municipality, at any time while this chapter is in effect, may, by local option election, forbid the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, and/or possession of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages, within the territorial limits of the municipality, by a majority vote, at an election to be held as hereinafter provided, and in the event of such prohibition, the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, and/or possession of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages in the municipality is unlawful, notwithstanding the fact that the county or any portion thereof in which the municipality is located has or has not voted to the contrary under any other provision of this chapter; provided, that this does not apply to a bona fide manufacturer, actually engaged in manufacture under the provisions of any law of the state of Tennessee.

(c)  Elections provided for in subsections (a) and (b) shall be called and held as elections on questions by the county election commission at the next regular election of the county or municipality, as the case may be, upon receipt of a petition signed by residents of the county or municipality, as the case may be, to a number amounting to ten percent (10%) or more of the votes cast in the county or municipality, as the case may be, for governor of the state of Tennessee at the then last preceding gubernatorial election, requesting the holding of such election. Except that, no election under this chapter may be placed on the same ballot or conducted on the same day of a primary election. Such petition shall be addressed to the county election commission of such county, or county in which such municipality is located, and shall read, except for such address, substantially as follows:

“We, registered voters of  _____________________________________  (here insert name of county or municipality, as the case may be), do hereby request the holding of a local option election to authorize retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages as provided by law.”

Such petition may be in two (2) or more counterparts.

(d)  Registered voters of the county or municipality, as the case may be, may vote in the election. Ballots shall be in the form prescribed by the general election laws of the state, except as herein otherwise provided.

     (1)  The questions submitted to the voters appearing thereon in county elections shall be in the following form:

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     (2)  The questions submitted to the voters appearing thereon in municipal elections shall be in the following form:

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(e)  In county elections, the county election commission shall hold a prior supplemental registration, unless such election be at the time of a general election, such registration to be held at the time and in the manner prescribed by law for the holding of supplemental registration previous to the election for members of the general assembly.

(f)  (1)  The county election commission shall certify the results of the election to the county executive in county elections and to the mayor of the municipality in municipal elections.

     (2)  Not more than one (1) election in any such county or municipality shall be held under the provisions of this chapter within any period of twenty-four (24) months, except that no election in an entire county or any portion thereof in which such municipality is located, held under the provisions of this chapter, is an election held in such municipality within the meaning of this provision.

     (3)  Should any county or municipality thereof conduct a local option election under the provisions of this chapter in conjunction with any general election, and the number of qualified votes cast negative to the local option proposition exceeds sixty percent (60%) of the total number of votes cast in the election, no further local option election in such county or municipality shall be held for a period of four (4) years from the date of such previous election. However, no election in an entire county or any portion thereof in which such municipality is located, held under the provisions of this chapter, is an election held in such municipality within the meaning of this provision.

(g)  (1)  In those counties wherein are located municipalities which have a population equal to or greater than the smallest county in Tennessee by the federal census of 1960 or by any succeeding federal census, or any municipality having a population of one thousand seven hundred (1,700) or more persons according to the 1960 federal census in which at least fifty percent (50%) of assessed valuation of the real estate in the municipality consists of hotels, motels, and tourist courts and accommodations, as shown by the tax assessment rolls or books of the municipality, the elections provided for in subsection (a) apply only to those portions of such county lying outside the corporate limits of such municipalities, it being the purpose and intent of this chapter that as to such counties no countywide election may be held in, nor shall its result affect, any such municipality, but whether or not the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, distribution, transportation and/or possession of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted or prohibited within the corporate limits of such municipalities shall be determined solely by separate local option elections held in each municipality as provided by subsection (b) hereof; provided, that in such counties wherein the manufacture, storage, sale, distribution, transportation, and/or possession of alcoholic beverages was legal on May 10, 1967, nothing herein shall affect the legality thereof in such counties and the municipalities thereof until the same shall be prohibited by separate local option elections held as provided in this section.

     (2)  Elections may be called and held in such portions of such counties lying outside such municipalities in the same manner as is provided by subsection (a) for an entire county and with like effect, except that the results thereof shall be applicable only to those portions of such counties lying without the corporate limits of such municipalities. Petitioners for such elections and the voters participating therein shall reside within those portions of the county lying outside the corporate limits of such municipalities and shall be otherwise qualified as provided in this section. Where a majority of the voters participating in such election shall permit the manufacture, receipt, sale, storage, distribution, transportation and/or possession of alcoholic beverages within such portions of such counties, the same shall be and become lawful therein, but sales at retail shall be made only in such portions of such counties as are within the corporate limits of municipalities as the same are defined in § 57-3-101, except the provisions of this subsection shall likewise apply to any civil district which falls within the provisions of subsection (a) and § 57-3-205.

     (3)  Not more than one (1) such election shall be held in such portions of any county lying without the corporate limits of such municipalities within any period of twenty-four (24) months.

     (4)  Should any portion of any county lying without the corporate limits of such municipalities conduct a local option election under the provisions of this chapter in conjunction with any general election, and the number of qualified votes cast negative to the local option proposition exceeds sixty percent (60%) of the total number of votes cast in the election, no further local option election in such portions of any county lying without the corporate limits of such municipalities shall be held for a period of four (4) years from the date of such previous election. However, no election in any such portion of a county, held under the provisions of this chapter, is an election held in such municipalities within the meaning of this subdivision.

[Acts 1939, ch. 49, § 16; C. Supp. 1950, § 6648.8 (Williams, § 6648.19); Acts 1951, ch. 52, § 6; impl. am. Acts 1951, ch. 75, § 1; impl. am. Acts 1953, ch. 88, § 1; Acts 1963, ch. 390, § 1; 1967, ch. 215, § 1; 1971, ch. 70, § 8; 1972, ch. 502, § 1; 1972, ch. 612, § 8; 1972, ch. 640, § 1; 1972, ch. 740, § 4; impl. am. Acts 1972, ch. 740, § 7; Acts 1975, ch. 112, §§ 1, 2; 1975, ch. 358, § 1; 1977, ch. 174, §§ 1, 2; 1978, ch. 627, § 1; impl. am. Acts 1978, ch. 934, §§ 21, 36; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 57-111; Acts 1981, ch. 381, §§ 1-3; 1982, ch. 551, §§ 1-5; 1992, ch. 711, § 2.]  

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