A successful protest petition has been certified by the Harvey County Clerk that will trigger a ballot question about Sunday sales of alcohol in Newton. 

The city commission put forth an ordinance that would allow for retail outlets to sell alcohol on Sundays. During a 60 day protest period, community organizers collected signatures to protest the ordinance and trigger a public vote.

The required number was 375 signatures, representing five percent of the votes cast in the city of Newton for the office of president in the 2016 election. 

"The city commission still has to take action to call the election," said Rick Piepho, county clerk.

The election holds off the take effect date of the ordinance, should the election be called.  The city could choose to not call an election and rescind the ordinance change instead. 

The vote will be part of the upcoming general election in November.