The city of Benham is preparing to vote whether or not to allow alcohol to be sold by the drink at the Benham Schoolhouse Inn, with a special election set for July 26 to decide the issue.
According to Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins, in order to be eligible to vote on the question “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at historic sites in the city of Benham,” you must be registered to vote in the city itself.
“You must live in the actual city of Benham in order to vote in the election,” Hoskins explained.
Hoskins said voters have until 4:30 p.m. on June 28 to register to vote in the city of Benham, or to change your precinct if you live in the city.
As in any election, there is a process for voters who need to vote via absentee ballot.
“You can apply at the Harlan County Clerk’s Office of an absent paper ballot for the special election, if you meet the qualifications,” Hoskins said.
To apply for an absentee ballot or to see if you meet the qualifications, please call the Harlan County Clerk’s Office at 606-573-3636.
Qualified Voters who are going to be out of town on Election Day may cast an absent vote at the Harlan County Clerk’s Office. The absentee machine will be available at the County Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
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