Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Ky. county votes to keep alcohol ban

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — Grant County voters resoundingly defeated a measure to allow alcohol sales, voting nearly 2-to-1 to keep the area south of Boone and Kenton counties dry.

        All 17 precincts voted to continue the county's ban on sales of liquor, wine and beer, election officials said Tuesday night. The final total was 1,591 “yes” votes for alcohol sales and 3,553 “no” votes.

        With 5,144 of the county's 12,561 voters casting a ballot, turnout was at 41 percent. Election officials said the usual turnout for political races is 20 to 25 percent.

        Residents of a “dry” county are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages but may not buy them by the drink or in stores in the county.

        A group known as Freedom of Choice called the question, by gathering 827 signatures of registered voters earlier this year.

        Grant County remains one of 75 dry counties in the 120-county Commonwealth.

        In recent years, Georgetown and Elizabethtown residents have also defeated pro-alcohol sales referendums.

        This marks the second time in 15 years that Grant County has taken up the wet/dry issue.


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