Liquor Ban During Election Day Pushed to Be Lifted
Tax revenue losses during election day due to liquor bans have pushed some lawmakers to consider overturning the law banning the sale of liquor during voting hours in Kentucky. Kentucky is one of the few remaining states to not allow the sale of liquor during election days along with South Carolina.
Democratic state representative Arnold Simpson have cited the economic factors and pushed for the bill to be lifted since the year 2006. He states that he plans to introduce a bill that allows communities that want to continue the ban to do so and others who wish to sell to do so. Simpson pushes for the bill because it stops their business and close their businesses for two days. Seeing that election is not a holiday and cities are bustling with people, there is no good reason to close shop during election day.
The initial reasons of the election liquor ban in the past was because the saloons were used as polling places for elections. Saloons offered beer to pollsters, which eventually caused problems in the counting of votes.
Simpson’s proposal received support from the R-Union co-chairman of the Joint Licensing and Occupations Committee John Schickel. He states that the bill was intended for an old time and an old market. Potentially, businesses and the government lose much tax revenue from pushing such an old tradition once a year.
Source: The State