ENID — Garfield County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether restaurants and bars should be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks on Sundays.
“It's freedom of choice six other days of the week. I don't know why it isn't on the seventh,” said Enid City Commissioner Mike Stuber, one of the backers of the initiative petition that put the issue on the ballot.
Stuber said he sees it as an economic development issue.
Many Enid residents want more restaurants, he said.
The inability to sell wine and alcoholic beverages stronger than 3.2 beer on Sundays can hinder the recruitment of restaurants, Stuber said.
Owners can build restaurants anywhere and may choose locations where they can sell alcoholic drinks every day, since drinks are usually the most profitable items on the menu, he said.
The ballot measure is opposed by some church leaders in the community.
In Oklahoma, each county has the option of voting on whether to allow restaurants and bars to sell wine and mixed drinks.
Voters in some counties have passed ballot measures that allow liquor by the drink, but ban sales on Sundays and/or certain holidays.
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