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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Martha's Vineyard Town Stays Dry By Two Votes

If you travel to Martha's Vineyard this summer and develop a thirst, don't stop in Tisbury.

Residents of the Massachusetts town voted to remain dry by a count of 692 to 690. The April 15 ballot had carried a proposal to allow restaurants to sell beer and wine.

On election night, it appeared the vote had been a tie based on an automated counting of ballots. After a hand count of all of the ballots it was discovered that two which were previously believed to be blank were actually votes against lifting Prohibition in the community on the island off Cape Cod.

The vote was authorized after the issue had bubbled for more than three years.

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