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Lawsuit challenges Ruston alcohol election petition

September 24, 2018

RUSTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana resident has filed suit to halt a planned referendum on whether grocery and convenience stores in his city should be allowed to sell wine and drinks with higher alcohol content.

A petition needed 2,500 verified signatures to force an election, and the Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters validated 2,516.

The Ruston Daily Leader reports that Ben Humphries alleges possible irregularities in at least 30 signatures. He also claims some signers were not allowed to withdraw names.

The petition was put forward by a Texas consulting group, largely at the request of the Walmart Corp. and Brookshire Grocery Co. John Hatch of the Hatch Consulting Group says the petition is valid.

Registrar Dianna Stone says she’s awaiting word from the state attorney general’s office on what to do next.

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Information from: Ruston Daily Leader, http://www.rustonleader.com/

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