Voters to decide on county-wide questions in Marshall and Atoka Counties

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UPDATE at 6 a.m. on June 25: Both propositions passed in their respective counties.

Atoka Co. Liquor By The Drink Prop. -- 52% YES (win), 48% NO
Marshall Co. 1/4 Cent Fire Dept. Tax Prop. -- 73% YES (win), 27% NO

MARSHALL & ATOKA COUNTIES, Okla. -- It's a big day in Oklahoma as voters hit the polls at 7 a.m. for the primary elections.

In two Texoma counties, voters will decide on a county-wide question.

In Atoka County, residents have the chance to allow liquor by the drink. Currently, residents must drive out of the county to drink a cocktail at a restaurant.

The county does sell beer at restaurants, however.

Those in favor of the change say the new law would boost the economy by bringing more businesses into the county.

"We could make Atoka grow and get some new restaurants in and the only way we can do is to get liquor by the drink on the ballot," resident Ricky Chase told News 12 in a previous interview. "Because your Chili's, Applebee's, Cheddar's...aren't gonna come here if we don't have liquor by the drink."

It will be decided by a simple majority vote.

In Marshall County, residents are faced with another county-wide question.

Voters will decide on a quarter cent sales tax for fire departments.

Firefighters tell News 12 the tax would help departments across the county get much needed firefighting equipment.

The need is dramatic. I mean, the newest vehicle that we have is a 2002 vehicle," said Wes Saxon, fire chief of the Huani creek volunteer fire department in previous interview with News 12.

Saxon said the departments pay for equipment with donations and a small grant from the state.

If passed, the new tax would be permanent.

Marshall county fire and safety chairman, James Kuykendall says ten of the eleven departments in the county are fully volunteer.

Kuykendall said if the tax is approved, tourist dollars would help fund the departments as well, citing 40 to 50 percent of the tax coming from Lake Texoma visitors.

This question will also be decided by a simple majority vote.

Stick with News 12 for the latest election results.