Flowood liquor sales referendum, 2009

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The Flowood liquor sales referendum was on the June 2 election ballot in Rankin County for voters in the city of Flowood.

The ballot measure advocated for the sale of liquor and wine by the glass at local restaurants. In order for the measure to be approved there had to be 50 percent-plus-one vote.

The June election marked the first time Flowood residents had voted independently of the county on alcohol sales.

The referendum was approved.[1]

  • Yes: 75% Approveda
  • No: 25%

The new law was expected to take effect as soon as the end of August 2009. Although Rankin County is a dry county with only beer sales permitted, with June's vote Floowood will be the exception.[2]


In order to get the referendum on the ballot city residents had to submit a petition with approximately 611 Flowood voter signatures. Residents exceeded the requirement with a total of more than 880 signatures on the petition.[3]

In late April 2009 the Board of Alderman verified the signatures and voted to move the referendum to the general election instead of having a separate special election. According to Mayor Gary Rhoads a special election could have cost the city $35,000.

Prior elections

In 2004, the referendum appeared on the ballot at the county level but failed to pass. The Rankin County results were: 21,375 for the referendum and 32,197 against.[4]

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