Voters in the city of Benham are getting ready for a special election to determine if alcohol by the drink will be allowed at the Benham Inn.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley issued an executive order setting the special election for July 26.
“The citizens of Benham filed a petition with the county clerk,” Mosley said “The clerk certified the petition, and it’s my statutory responsibility to set a special election for that local option.”
Mosley explained the election will only impact sales of alcohol by the drink at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn.
“It is not a wet/dry vote, and it’s not a moist vote,” Mosley explained. “It is strictly for qualified historic sights. To my understanding, the citizens that started this did so in hopes that it would give the Benham Inn another revenue option.”
According to the executive order issued by Mosley, Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins received the order on May 19.
The order states registered voters of the City of Benham submitted a petition for an election based on KRS 242.1242 for the question: “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at qualified historic sites in the City Of Benham?”
The order additionally states Hoskins has certified that the petition has met the threshold of the minimum number of signatures of qualified registered voters required to place the option on the ballot. The special election will be for a special local option election for limited sale of alcoholic beverages at qualified historic sites. Only registered voters in the city of Benham are eligible to vote. The election will include only the specified precinct within the city limits of Benham.
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