Nacogdoches club owners offering rides to local polling places for referendum election

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Right now, in Nacogdoches, club and restaurant owners are anxiously waiting for the outcome of a local option proposition.

If it passes, club membership will no longer be necessary in order to have an alcoholic drink at a club or restaurant in Nacogdoches.

East Texas News learned how one club made sure voters wanting to do away with club memberships got to the polls.

Josh, the bartender at Bullfrog's wasn't accustomed to lobbying while serving customers. However, Tuesday was different.

"So if you need to vote we can give you a ride on the shuttle and take you down to the Rec Center and get your vote," Josh said.

The drive to the polls offer was the idea of Eddie Luquette. The consultant knows how important passage of the proposition is to restaurant and club owners. Plus, it gets his client's name out there.

"Yeah, we're doing it for publicity and to let people know we are for this issue because it will help out the restaurants and bars that do too much paper work," Luqette said.

Bullfrog's owner, Ricky Miller knows all about the paper work.

"CPAs, record keeping and just time," Miller said.

So Tuesday, Miller was all for delivering voters right along with hamburgers.

"It is good publicity but at the same time it's very important for this proposition to pass," Miller said. "It's just a burden on the restaurants. It's a burden on anybody that serves alcohol. The restaurants may pay out $10,000 to $15,000 a year in fines alone. The town doesn't get that, but what it does is pull money out of the restaurant."

Luqette was trying to pull in voters. His curbside service may have placed the right voter before the local option proposition.

"If 100 people show up, and 51 of them say yes, then we're good to go," Luqette said.

Nacogdoches election coordinators say they should have all the votes counted for the local election and the state amendments by 9 p.m. tonight.

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