Oklahoma Alcohol Sales Allowed on Election Days, State Question 733 (2006)

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The Oklahoma Alcohol Sales Allowed on Election Days Amendment, also known as State Question 733, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure removed the ban on alcohol sales on election days.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 733 (2006)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 461,615 52.52%
No417,37747.48%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

This measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It amends Article 28. This Article deals with sales of alcoholic beverages. Section 6 of article 28 bans the sale of alcoholic beverages by package stores on certain days. Package store sales of these beverages are prohibited on election days while the polls are open. This measure would remove the ban on sales on election days. If this measure passes, package stores could sell alcoholic beverages on election days.

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Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Support

Rep. Kevin Calvey, R-Del City, wrote the bill that changed the law. He said the current ban was a relic from the days of the Wild West, when candidates and their supporters would pack local saloons.

Rick Lyke, of the Lyke 2 Drink blog, summed up his opinion of this measure:[4]

Back in the old days before politicians were slickly packaged and spent millions of dollars on massive television advertising campaigns attacking their opponents they used to get out and mix with the people. One way they found to turn out the vote was to buy a few drinks. You can say what you want about this type of electioneering, but the truth is that some of my long dead relatives likely got more satisfaction out of their vote than I have seen for many of mine.

Question 733 will mean that citizens in the state will be able to walk into a retail store on future election days and purchase alcohol. In 1984, Oklahoma finally allowed liquor by the drink. About half the counties in the state now allow this novel idea. So, while you could not walk into a store and buy a bottle on Nov. 7th, you are able in many parts of the state to park yourself at a bar and wait to see if your Congressman, state Representative or county Legislator shows up looking to curry favor. [3]

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