On the Ballot: Minneapolis voters weigh in on alcohol sales

- After today's election, you might see more cocktails being enjoyed around Minneapolis – and it’s not just because of the occasion.

Minneapolis voters faced a ballot question asking if they want to remove a section of the city charter that gives the State Legislature control over liquor license applications. Currently, only Minneapolis restaurants within about seven acres of downtown can serve liquor.

If enough people vote "yes" on the ballot, control over liquor licenses would be returned to the city. At that point, all restaurants across Minneapolis could apply directly for a license.

For many restaurant owners, that's a good thing as it could potentially bring an influx of revenue. There doesn't appear to be any organized opposition to the change.

If it passes, this would be the most significant update to liquor sales since the state authorized Sunday sales early last year.

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