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Monday, October 30, 2006

A Few More Reasons to Go to the Polls on Nov. 7th

It's turning out to be a fairly busy election season for voters who think Prohibition is a proven bad concept and support the idea that responsible adults should be able to buy a drink in a tavern, restaurant or grocery store without breaking the law.

In earlier posts Lyke2Drink has chronicled the effort to allow wine to be sold in grocery stores in Massachusetts; alcohol to be sold in stores on election day in Oklahoma; and proposals to repeal dry county and other alcohol restrictions in Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Whether its a Blue Law that restricts Sunday sales making it impossible to grab a six pack for the game or a Dry County that makes it inconvenient to bring home a bottle of wine to have with dinner, it's Lyke2Drink's view that governments ought to put forward the least amount of regulation possible to insure responsible sales practices and safe products. A ban is nothing more than an attempt to impose some type of morale or religious guidelines and that just is not the government's job.

Since our last post on the topic, we've learned about these ballot initiatives taking place on Nov. 7th:

Alabama: Lee County voters will decide on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales. The cities of Auburn and Opelika in Lee County already allow Sunday sales.

Illinois: Voters in Chenora will vote in a non-binding advisory regarding Sunday alcohol sales in the community.

Kansas: Voters in the towns of Kechi and Park City, both in Sedgwick County will be voting to allow Sunday liquor sales.

New York: Voters in the Town of Rose in Wayne County can vote to allow businesses to sell and serve alcohol. While you might think dry laws are a Bible Belt phenomenon, Rose is actually one of 12 towns in New York that prohibits alcohol sales.

Ohio: Voters in Precinct C in the Village of Bethel will vote on whether it is OK for businesses to sell alcohol.

Tennessee: Voters in Townsend will consider the option to allow restaurants to serve alcohol by the drink. Currently, diners must bring their own bottle when they go out to eat.

Texas: In Irving voters will decide if it is OK to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer and wine. Meanwhile, voters in Hutto will decide if restaurants can sell alcohol.

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