Win or lose, South Carolina candidates running for office this year may be able to do something that their brethren in most other states are already able to do: Buy an alcoholic beverage on Election Day. South Carolina is poised to repeal its ban on liquor sales on statewide election days following the state Senate’s approval Wednesday. The Palmetto State is the last with a statewide Election Day ban on liquor sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.
“I’m trying to bring South Carolina into the 21st Century,” said state Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Democrat who sponsored the bill to repeal the alcohol ban. “Election Day is about sorrow or joy. You should be able to buy a drink.”
The South Carolina law dates back to at least 1882 and was intended to reduce corruption and bribery during elections, Reuters reported. Alaska and Massachusetts also have Election Day liquor bans, but local governments can choose to opt out of the restrictions and most already have.