The official word concerning the ballot came Tuesday afternoon during the Grayson County Fiscal Court meeting. Court Clerk Carletta Farris said the petition was filed Friday at 3:30pm and she has been able to certify 640 of the 838 names that were turned in. She said not all of the names have been gone through (as of Tuesday afternoon) but the group who filed the petition only needed 516 certified names to obtain the right to place the ‘Limited 100’ vote on a ballot.
The Grayson County Fiscal Court had to sign an order to set the voting date on March 23rd. Assistant County Attorney Jerry Guffey said the court was not stating a position and did not have a choice in the matter, after 2nd District Magistrate Presto Geary asked for clarification in the matter.
Farris said according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections she can combine two of the nine precincts since precinct South A only has two Leitchfield voters. She said the state laws require her to have four precinct workers; two in favor of the issue and two who oppose the issue.
Restrictions that apply to a normal election apply to the special election. The opposing and in-favor groups must file financial reports if they receive any monies or spend any monies for advertisements. Farris said the groups are not allowed to campaign within 300 feet of the precincts the day of the special election.
Farris said if an opposing group decides to form a petition against the ‘Limited 100’ vote, they must file the petition 20 days before the vote. She said if a petition is filed that opposes the vote, it will not stop the special election.
The ‘Limited 100’ vote is to sale alcohol by the drink in Leitchfield restaurants that serve 100 or more customers and generate at least 70% of their revenue through the sale of food.