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Monday, November 06, 2006

Voters in 16 States to Consider Alcohol Proposals at the Polls on Tuesday

Most of us think that Prohibition was repealed in the United States in 1933, but the reality is that it lives on in many places across the country. On Tuesday voters in at least 16 states will go to the polls with the chance to reverse restrictions on the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Lyke2Drink will be watching at least 38 different races around the country and report the results later in the week. Everything from repealing Blue Laws to turning dry counties to wet counties are being considered. Here's a recap of the ballot questions around the country:

Alabama: In the Marshall County city of Arab voters will decide on the legalization of alcohol sales. 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.

Alaska: Village of Togiak voters will head to the polls to decide whether alcohol should be legal for the first time in 24 years. It is one of about 80 villages that voted to go dry in the last 25 years. Liquor is illegal but arrives by plane, boat and snowmachine. Bootleggers can get $150 a bottle for whiskey in the community.

Arkansas: In Marion County voters will consider reversing a 60-year ban of alcohol sales. In Arkansas, 42 of 75 counties are dry. The last to go wet was in 1978.

Georgia: Voters in the city of Dalton will consider sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink in restaurants and hotels on Sundays, while another measure asks all county voters if restaurants in unincorporated areas should be permitted to sell distilled spirits by the drink. The county currently permits the sale of beer and wine in restaurants.

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, and Ossage County will be voting to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Meanwhile, voters in McLouth will be deciding if they should go dry and force the lone liquor store in town to close.

Massachusetts: Voters will decide on Question 1 to determine whether grocery stores statewide can sell wine.

Michigan: Residents of Zeeland vote to end a 100-year-old Prohibition, while citizens of Camden and Grandville will vote on whether businesses with liquor licenses can sell alcohol on Sundays.

Mississippi: Pearl River County voters will consider a resolution on the ballot to allow alcohol sales in the county.

New York: Voters in the Town of Rose in Wayne County and Harmony in Chautauqua County will vote on whether businesses can sell and serve alcohol. While you might think dry laws are a Bible Belt phenomenon, but 12 towns in New York prohibit alcohol sales.

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

Oklahoma: Voters will decide if liquor can be sold in stores statewide on Election Day. McClain and Garvin County voters will be voting to repeal a Prohibition on liquor by the drink sales. Statewide, 43 out of 77 counties have passed liquor-by-the-drink.

South Carolina: Residents of Rock Hill will be voting on the legality of selling alcohol on Sundays.

Tennessee: Townsend and Haywood County residents will cast ballots on a proposal that would allow liquor by the drink to be sold in the county. Soddy-Daisy and Collegedale each have ballot initiatives that would allow the sale of alcohol.

Texas: In Hardeman, Wolfforth, Odem, Rio Vista, Burleson, Angelina, Lancaster and Cockrell Hill voters will decide if the sale of alcohol in their communities will be legalized. 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. In Lumberton voters will decide if alcohol can be sold in a limited area of the city. Texas voters have considered 177 alcohol resolutions since 2003. More than 80 percent have been approved. Mathias will vote on allowing the sale of beer at city festivals.

Virginia: Frederick County voters can approve the sale of alcoholic beverages in the presently dry Tuscarora district.

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