These are the first elections since passage of bill giving localities the option to decide on Sunday sales
On March 3, seven counties in Oklahoma overwhelmingly approved the sale of distilled spirits on Sundays, expanding access and consumer convenience in the state.
SB 211, a bill supported by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), passed in 2017 giving counties the option to vote on the Sunday sale of spirits. The bill went into effect in October 2018, and these elections are the first held on the issue since that time.
“Expanding Sunday sales in Oklahoma is a great step forward in modernizing the state’s alcohol laws,” said DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations Dale Szyndrowski. “Sunday sales increase consumer convenience and provide more opportunities and flexibility for businesses.”
In Oklahoma County, nearly 71 percent of voters voted in favor of allowing the Sunday sale of spirits.
“Sunday is the second busiest shopping day of the week, but the ban on the sale of distilled spirits on Sundays forces business owners to close their doors to increased consumer traffic,” said Szyndrowski.
There are only seven states in the United States that do not allow the sale of spirits on Sundays: Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.