Oklahoma Question 480
(Initiative #288) appeared on the Oklahoma
ballot in 1972
. It was a citizen initiative
that was intended to liberalize the conditions under which alcohol could be sold and consumed. Specifically, it would have allowed liquor to be sold by the drink.
Oklahoma voters rejected the measure, with 463,405 in favor and 525,148 opposed.
Oklahoma Question 480 was ordered onto the ballot by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in the case of Oklahomans for Modern Alcoholic Beverage Controls v. Shelton. The Oklahoma Secretary of State had declared that the supporters of the initiative had not turned in sufficient valid signatures.
104,818 valid signatures were required, and the proponents turned in 144,624 signatures. After reviewing extensive challenges to the validity of various signatures, the court determined that 107,478 valid signatures remained, and ordered that the measure appear on the ballot.