Absentee voting for the local option election — the “moist vote” began on Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. Anyone registered to vote who will be out of the county on election day may vote in absentee at the Middlesboro branch office of the Bell County Clerk’s Office located in city hall.
The following dates and times are set for absentee voting:
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Aug. 29 – 9 a.m. – noon
Sept. 5 – 9 a.m. – noon
Sept. 12 – 9 a.m. – noon
If you are disabled and cannot go to the polls to vote, and you meet the KRS requirements, you may request an absentee ballot be mailed to you.
The main election will be held on Sept. 15.
A petition was attempted last April in Middlesboro to put this “moist vote” on the ballot, but due to an error with the listing of the wrong statute by the petitions authors the petition was voided.
It had met substantial compliance but cited the Kentucky Revised Statute KRS 242.185 (6) that requires restaurants to seat at least 100 patrons, and derive at least 70 percent of their total sales from food to be allowed to serve alcohol by the drink. This statute had been changed and thus was not the correct one to cite. The new and correct statute, KRS 242.1244 section 2 was then applied to a second petition.
The signatures of 775 citizens were required to put the issue on the ballot. This was based on 25 percent of the citizens who voted in the last election from within the city limits. Participants had to be registered voters within the city limits to be eligible to sign. A total of 933 signatures were gathered the first time around, and over 800 for the second.
Also pursuant to KRS 424.130 (1) (D), the inspection of the voting machines will take place on Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. at the Bell County Road Department on U.S. 119.
For more information contact the Bell County Clerks Office at 606-337-6143.
Reach William Tribell at (606) 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn