Local Option Elections – In General
Local option elections allow registered voters to vote on the question of whether alcohol sales and consumption shall be allowed within a precinct. Local option elections can specify certain types of alcohol that may be made available within that precinct and whether the alcohol may be consumed off-premises only or both on- and off-premises. [R.C. 4301.32]
- “Beer” – Refers to all brewed or fermented malt products containing at least ½ of 1 percent of alcohol by volume, but not more than 6 percent of alcohol by weight.
- “Intoxicating Liquor” – Refers to a broad classification including all liquids and compounds, other than beer, containing at least ½ of 1 percent of alcohol by volume.
- “Mixed Beverages” – Refers to premixed, bottled products obtained by combining whiskey, neutral spirits, brandy, gin, or other distilled spirits with water, plant juices or other flavorings. The completed product must contain not less than ½ of 1 percent and not more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume.
- “Spirituous Liquors” – Refers to all intoxicating liquors containing more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume.
- “Wine” – Refers to all liquids made from the fermented juices of grapes, fruits or other agricultural products and containing not less than ½ of 1 percent and not more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume.