To avoid confusion, Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper wants to break down where voters are located in the up-and-coming special election that will be held March 22. The election will decide if a winery located on Liberty Church Road in Auburn can sell its product by the drink.
The special election came about after a petition was submitted to the Logan County Judge Executive’s office requesting the decision be decided with a special election. This vote will only affect the 1,400 registered voters in precinct 102. The precinct will be north of Auburn and north of 68 west out to the county line and north to where the Bucksville precinct begins.
“We are just trying to come up with the least confusing plan for the public in this area of the county to vote,” said Harper.
The special election will be held from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. at the old Auburn City Hall building. Because this cannot be put on the primary or general election, it has to have a special election all its own. Unfortunately, special elections cost the taxpayers quite a lot of money. According to Harper this one will cost between $4,000 and $5,000. There is current legislation in Frankfort, that if passed, would require those who request a special election by petition to pay for a percentage of it themselves.
The law requires a successful petition to have 25 percent of the number of voters who turned out in the last general election in that precinct.
Carriage House Vineyards is owned and operated by Don Davis. The vineyard has 1,176 vines on 1.5 acres. Future plans for the vineyard include doubling that to approximately 2,000 vines on three acres, as well as developing a location in the vineyard to hold events such as weddings. A federal permit for the small winery has already been obtained. Davis now has to cross one more hurdle to be able to sell his wine from his location by having a vote in his precinct.
This vote will only affect the property the winery is located on and no where else in that precinct or the county.
Another petition is currently circulating around Logan County and, if there are enough signatures, it will allow for another special election that could result in legalized alcohol sales throughout the county.
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