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Voters in support of on-premises alcoholic beverage sales for Sunday mornings

Canadian County voters had plenty to deliberate March 5. (Photo by Jacob Sturm)

By Jacob Sturm

On Super Tuesday, voters in Canadian County made their voices heard on more than just the party candidates in the Presidential race for each party primary.

On the ballot, voters were tasked with determining whether to allow alcoholic beverage sales on Sunday mornings starting at 8 a.m., a proposition that has impacted the county drawing additional businesses due to current laws that have been in effect since 1985 which have prevented those sales from starting before 2 p.m.

Voters on Tuesday were presented with the proposition. On the ballot that read as follows: “Shall the sales of alcoholic beverages by the individual drink for on-premises consumption on Sundays be extended to begin at 8:00 a.m. as allowed by law like other days of the week within Canadian County, Oklahoma?”

Results from Tuesday indicated voters said yes to that proposition. In fact, the tally showed 10,522 voters who voted on election day were in favor of the proposition as opposed to the 7,224 voters who stood opposed.

Early voters and absentee votes were added to the 60 reporting precincts to generate totals of 11,328 in support and 7,764 opposed. Those numbers, according to the Oklahoma State Election Board, show the proposition passing with 59.33% of the vote.

As for other Super Tuesday votes of note, Donald Trump received 12,134 votes as the runaway leading candidate for the Republican Party. The total equated to 79.40% of the Canadian County republican voters, while candidate Nikki Haley tallied 2,742 votes as the clear second choice. No other candidates received over 225 votes in the Republican Primary.

The Democratic ticket had President Joseph R. Biden Jr. land 72.41% of the votes from Canadian County Democrats. Biden received 2,491 votes, with no other candidate generating more than 377.

Biden also received 176 of the 212 absentee votes (83.02%) from Democrats in the county.

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