Alcohol expansion election early voting begins Saturday

Early voting for expanding alcohol sales in the city begins this week for Ruston voters.

Early voting will take place March 11-18 (excluding Sunday, March 12) from 8:30 a.m.  to 6 p.m. Only voters registered inside the City of Ruston are eligible to vote in this election. 

In October of last year, nearly 3,300 signatures were collected to petition the city of Ruston to add a vote on March 25, 2023, for residents to decide on expanding alcohol sales to grocery retailers within the city limits. 

“We want to thank the thousands of Ruston voters who agreed an election should be held,” John Hatch of Hatch Consulting Group said in an interview this past fall. “We were allowed 60 days, and Ruston voters answered the call in less than 30.” 

In order for the vote to be added, a total of 2,454 signatures of residents within the city limits of Ruston had to be gathered.