Residents of Leitchfield will cast ballots this Tuesday, June 21 to determine whether alcoholic beverages may be sold in the City of Leitchfield.
In addition, residents in the “North A” voting precinct will have the option of voting to either allow or deny the locally owned Arbor Stone Vineyards, LLC to sell wine.
Residents in the North A precinct who do not live within the city limits of Leitchfield will be able to vote only for whether Arbor Stone Vineyards may be permitted to sell wine. Residents in the North A precinct who live in the city limits of Leitchfield will be able to vote for both the sale of alcoholic beverages and Arbor Stone Vineyard’s sale of wine.
The city-wide local option election follows a county-wide local option election held in January of this year that ultimately prohibited the sale of alcohol in Grayson County.
However, according to Deputy Grayson County Clerk Tonya Kessinger, local option elections may also be petitioned by individual territories, which may be a precinct or a city.
All City of Leitchfield voting precincts will cast ballots in the Centre on Main, located at 425 South Main St. in Leitchfield, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Absentee walk-in ballots started on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grayson County Clerk’s Office, located on the third floor of the Public Square courthouse in Leitchfield, and the deadline for walk-in absentee ballots will be Monday, June 20—the day before the local option election is held—at 4:30 p.m. when the clerk’s office closes.
If City of Leitchfield voters vote to allow the sale of alcohol, the Leitchfield City Council will be responsible for drafting the ordinance.
Leitchfield City Clerk Kim Sowders said the City of Leitchfield would be able to allow the opening of about three liquor stores in the city limits, but any store or convenience store (such as Walmart) would likely be able to apply for a license to sell alcohol.
A question posed to the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regarding whether bars could be opened in the City of Leitchfield was unanswered as of press time.
If City of Leitchfield voters vote to deny the sale of alcohol, the territory will have to wait three years before another petition to hold a local option election can be done.
The deadline to register to vote in the local option election was Monday, May 23.
Anyone with questions about these local option elections may call the Grayson County Clerk’s office at 270-259-3201. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.