Needham Still Wants to Vote on Liquor in November; Special Ballot Required

The Needham Times reports that the alcohol question that asks if Needham should be able to grant permits for liquor stores won’t be appearing in this year’s main election ballot. But town officials still want to get the vote out by calling for a special town election on Nov. 6 (election day).

At a Sept. 18 meeting, the Board of Selectmen called for another ballot to be included during the Nov. 6 election that would allow the historically dry Needham to issue licenses to up to six liquor stores if a majority of the vote passes. Since it is a special town election, the town would have to foot the additional costs of staffing and implementing a separate ballot.

The state recently rejected a motion made by this spring’s Town Meeting to put the alcohol question on this year’s presidential election ballot.