The legal sale of alcohol on Election Day in Kentucky is a step closer to reality. Liquor hasn’t been sold legally on Election Day in the commonwealth since the beginning of Prohibition. Northern Kentucky Senator John Schickel says the measure also would allow local voters to restrict alcohol sales.
“Actually, it started right after Prohibition when they repealed the Prohibition laws, Election Day sales was one of the things that they prohibited along with Sunday sales in a lot of areas. This law will allow Election Day sales, but it also allows for local option, if people don’t want it,” he said.
Election Day sales were prohibited in part because some polling places were set up in places that sold alcohol, and liquor was often used for vote-buying.
The Senate bill came out of the House Judiciary Committee today.