It’s official. There will be a special local election on alcohol sales in Barbourville. The signatures on the petition to hold a vote on Barbourville alcohol sales were certified Monday, Nov. 16, by Knox County Clerk Mike Corey and presented to Judge Executive J.M. Hall. In accordance with the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the clerk’s office verified the number of qualified voters on the petition was equal to 25% of the votes cast in the last general election.
The petition’s originators, Dr. Bob Dunaway and Nancy Dunaway, requested the election be held Jan. 29, 2016, in the courthouse. However, Judge Hall ordered the election be held Dec. 29, 2015.
“I chose this date because it falls within the parameters of the election requirements,” said Judge Hall. “The normal voting locations are held in Knox County schools, and the schools will not be in session during that time. This gives the Board of Elections the option to use regular polling places. I’ve already spoken with Knox Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles, and he has given us permission to use G.R. Hampton, Jesse D. Lay, Knox County Middle School and Central Elementary as the four regular polling locations.”
Knox County Clerk Mike Corey says he will run this election just like any other election so, barring any opposition, qualified city residents will be able to vote at the following precincts:
• D102 at G.R. Hampton Elementary School
• D103 (Courthouse) and D104 (So. Barbourville) at Knox County Middle School
• D105 (Lay School) and B108 (Hydrick) at Jesse D. Lay Elementary School
• C103 (Boone Heights) at Central Elementary School
“This may be a bit confusing as only certain residents in only these six precincts will be able to vote in this election,” said Corey. “Only registered voters who reside within the city of Barbourville will be able to vote.”
In order to hold the election at the four polling locations, there will need to be a total of 24 election officers, four for each precinct, Corey explains. Two committees, one for and one against the vote, then has the opportunity to submit names for election officers. These people would then be trained by the County Board of Elections. If there are no election officer names submitted, the County Board of Elections would have to select election officers.
Bob Dunaway, originator of the alcohol vote petition, believes having the election at the voting precincts is a good idea.
“Everybody in the city in the six precincts involved already knows where they go to vote, and this will cause less confusion than if they tried to have the election at the Armory again,” said Dunaway. “…at this given point in time, we still reserve the right to name our own election officers, and we’ve still got time for that.”