Town vote ties on liquor

April 18, 2008 5:02:37 AM PDT
Tisbury voters, it seems, are split on whether to allow restaurants in town to put beer and wine on the menu. Exactly split.

A ballot question on whether to allow sales of alcohol at restaurants and inns in the Martha's Vineyard community tied 690-690 in Tuesday's election.

If it's a tie, the place stays dry. So those favoring the change have already launched an effort to get a hand recount, town clerk Marion Mudge said.

"There are things the machine might not pick up ... like check marks," she said.

Tisbury is one of more than a dozen dry towns in Massachusetts, including several on the island of Martha's Vineyard, where there are no liquor stores or bars. Many restaurants allow customers to bring their own alcohol.