Johnston Co. voters to decide on "liquor by the drink" measure

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JOHNSTON CO., OK -- Early voting began Thursday in Oklahoma and Johnston County residents are getting the chance to decide if liquor by the drink should be allowed in local businesses.

Tishomingo Mayor Tom Lokey says the measure would boost economic growth in Johnston County.

He says Tishomingo has been growing over the past several years and this would allow for more visitors to extend their stay in the city.

Local restaurant managers also say it would attract more customers to dine at their establishments rather than go elsewhere to eat and drink.

Guerrero's Mexican Restaurant Manager Megan Davis said, "I've had plenty of people come in and say they want beer with their food and we don't serve beer or any liquor and they've actually went somewhere else and that hurts our business that they went somewhere else."

Voters will be able to cast their early ballots Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM at the Johnston County Election Board Office