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ATOKA, OK--Voters across Oklahoma have some important decisions to make at the polls Tuesday. But for one Texoma county, an issue is on the ballot that hasn't been passed in decades.
That Texoma town is Atoka, and the issue at hand is liquor by the drink. The polls open Tuesday morning, and if passed, residents say it would be the first time in at least 30 years that alcoholic drinks would be on the menu. 

Local election season has hit Texoma, and Atoka County residents have a big decision--whether to pass a vote for liquor by the drink.
"There are a lot of people that really want it here, and I think it's going to go ahead, it's going to be approved," said German Eduardo Aguilar--manager of Cazadorez Mexican Restaurant.
As of now, Atoka residents have to drive to neighboring cities to order cocktails with dinner.  
Atoka resident Daniel Sanders says: "It just seems a little ridiculous that the rights that we have as adults, we can't act on them. We have to go elsewhere to do so."
Aguilar says not being able to serve alcoholic beverages limits potential revenue and regular customers.
"We even get people that just leave whenever we tell them that we don't have margaritas at all," he said.
Aguilar isn't the only one in town who believes business would skyrocket.
Morgan Scaff said: "I used to work on the night shift here, and I don't know how many times people would come in here and ask for alcohol. I just think it would be really good for restaurants."

"Everyone we talked to today supported liquor by the glass; however, most were reluctant to go on camera. Not only were local restaurants in favor of the vote, but residents say passing it might be the safer choice.

"There is no telling how many lives they could save by keeping it here, keeping it close to home for us local people," said Sanders.
Locals we talked to say liquor by the drink has been a hotly contested issue, and they're hoping for approval.
"I've heard a lot of people that are actually going to vote yes, but I've heard really bad comments about it, too," said Aguilar.
Polls open at the Atoka County Courthouse Tuesday from 7 AM to 7 PM. Positions for county treasurer, superintendent, US Senator and US Representative are also on the ballot.