Campaign to Make Dry Towns Wet Arrives in Chester County


Image of a beer-garden employee at the Giant in Exton via Ed Hille, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Following the loosening of the liquor laws by the Pennsylvania legislature, efforts to get “dry” towns that prohibit the sale of alcohol “wet” again are intensifying as the May 16 primaries near, writes Michaelle Bond for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Door-to-door canvassers have been visiting East Bradford Township, one of Chester County’s most affluent towns. They are gathering signatures in the name of Giant Food Stores with a ballot question that would remove it from the list of 684 “dry” or “partially dry” municipalities in Pennsylvania.

For a measure to be put on a ballot, the campaign needs to collect signatures equal to at least 25 percent of the highest number of votes cast in the previous municipal general election. For East Bradford, the campaign requires 1,546 signatures.

Thanks to the number of signatures collected, voters in this Chester County community will join several other municipalities around the state. They are deciding if they want to join the state government in loosening their Prohibition-era liquor laws.

However, some towns in Chester County were not as receptive to the measure.

“We did try in Westtown,” said Samantha Krepps, Giant spokeswoman. “We didn’t get enough signatures for that one.”

Read more about these efforts in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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