Am I Drinking Because of the Price or the Election?
We saw this sign in the window of a local wine store offering a 10 percent discount on selected brands until 9 p.m. on election night. The owner had noticed that people tend to buy wine on Election Day — either to celebrate or to nurse their wounded egos if their candidate loses.
Election parties may be big in New York, but it turns out that, nationally, overall alcohol sales don’t tend to change all that much on Election Day. In fact, selling alcohol while the polls are open is illegal or restricted in seven states (including Indiana, one of this year’s surprise swing states). The bans are the residue of an earlier era, when saloons and taverns were often used as polling places.
One state that’s definitely not on this list is New Mexico, where it’s technically legal to vote under the influence (as long as you’re not wearing campaign paraphernalia at the same time).
But the New Mexico case raises an interesting question; what has a bigger influence on decision-making: alcohol intoxication or political advertising?