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Oklahoma County voters to decide Sunday liquor sales

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Customers shop for beer inside Byron's Liquor Warehouse,  23rd St. and N. Broadway, on Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman file]
Customers shop for beer inside Byron's Liquor Warehouse, 23rd St. and N. Broadway, on Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman file]

Oklahoma County residents will decide Tuesday whether they want area liquor stores to have the option of being open on Sundays.

The state has been updating its liquor laws over the last few years, most notably allowing the sale of wine and beer in grocery and convenience stores after the passage of a state question in 2016.

But many felt like that left behind liquor stores, which still are not allowed to be open on Sundays.

“I don’t see why liquor stores should be closed on Sundays when other stores are open all days of the week,” said Lena Hernandez, general manager of Shields Liquor Store in south Oklahoma City. “I think it should be a choice.”

County commissioners voted 2-1 on Dec. 18 to allow county residents to vote on expanding hours for liquor stores.

Commissioner Carrie Blumert led the county’s efforts to put the measure on the ballot. Each county has to vote on whether they will have Sunday liquor sales, and the county commissioners have to agree to put that measure up for consideration by residents.

Six other counties are voting on Sunday liquor sales March 3.

County residents can vote between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The ballot will also have the presidential primary, and Oklahoma City residents can approve or deny a new, recurring sales tax for city parks.

For more information, visit www.elections.ok.gov.

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