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Supermarket wine petitions at 60 near deadline
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About 60 communities have collected enough signatures to place a referendum for supermarket wine sales on the November ballot.

Currently, wine can only be sold in liquor stores. But a state law that passed this year will allow it to be sold by grocery and convenience stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

Red White and Food, a coalition that lobbied for the change, has been keeping track of the collected signatures and said Thursday that so far 60 municipalities have submitted petitions to their election commissions, which verified them.

The submission deadline is by the end of business day on Thursday.