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What’s Up With The Election Day Booze Ban in Kentucky and South Carolina?

Joshua Roberts, Getty Images
Joshua Roberts, Getty Images

Today (November 6) is election day, a day of celebration. But many won’t be able to celebrate to the best of their abilities in South Carolina and Kentucky tonight.

Alcohol sales are banned in these states today, but why?

Originally including Indiana, Delaware, Utah, Idaho, and West Virginia  who have lifted those bans since 2008, these bans were originally instituted to prevent the exchange of votes for liquor (uhh.. what’s wrong with that?).

According to Ben Jenkins, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, “Repealing the ban on Election Day alcohol sales would provide consumers with much-needed convenience — whether they’re celebrating election returns or mourning them.”

In South Carolina, violators will receive a $200 fine and up to 60 days in jail. Three times? Up to two years in prison.

With this presidential race, who doesn’t need a little “help.” We don’t know how much sympathy to give them but we will be sure to DRINK TO THAT, and for them.

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