Liquor Sales To Be Allowed In Lexington On Election Day
Vice Mayor Linda Gorton and the Council voted to repeal the ordinance banning alcohol sales on Election Day in Fayette County.
"It was an outdated law, and it’s costly to the alcohol industry. Now our businesses can function just like any other day," Gorton said.
Industry groups estimate Kentucky loses more than $625,000 in sales tax revenue during election years because of the ban.
Restaurants and the tourism industry are also affected, according to industry groups.
In 2013, the state passed a statute allowing local communities to decide whether they want to allow the sale of liquor on Election Day.
To make the change, the local governing body had to repeal the ordinance banning sales.
The ban is a holdover from the Prohibition era, when saloons sometimes served as polling places.