Alcohol sales to be decided by Burlington Precinct 3 voters

Published 12:48 am Sunday, February 28, 2016

BURLINGTON — Two ballot measures to approve beer, wine and mixed beverage sales at a Lawrence County convenience store will appear on the March 15 primary ballot.

Voters will be asked whether to approve sales at the Fayette Township Speedway store next to Wal-Mart.

A separate measure will require approval of sales on Sundays between 11 a.m. and midnight at the location.

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Votes will be cast at the Burlington polling location, which serves Burlington precincts 1, 2 and 3 and Fayette precincts 1 and 3.

However, the measure will only appear on the ballot for voters in Burlington precinct 3.

In order to get the measures on the ballot, 102 petition signatures were needed, according to the Lawrence County Board of Elections.

The petitioner for the measures was Elizabeth Ambrose, a Columbus area liquor consultant, who said she works on ballot measures for clients across the state.

The measures would only affect the Speedway store and do not apply to others in the county.

Similar attempts were made to allow sales at Wal-Mart and Sam’s in 2013, but the options did not pass, with 113-55 in favor of “no” for Sam’s and 113-53 in favor of “no” for Walmart.

The Tribune attempted to contact Speedway management for this story.