Hancock Co. voters to decide on alcohol sales

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) While most Kentucky voters are focusing on races for statewide offices, some voters will also decide on allowing alcohol sales.

Hancock County becomes the latest to have a wet-dry vote.

You may not see as many signs on this wet-dry vote as there were in other contests, but there are still many opinions.

“I think it will hurt more than it would help,” says Charles Steven Jackson of Hancock County.

“I’m for it. I’m going to vote yes,” says Mike Mattingly of Hawesville.

There are two votes happening next month. One only allows sales within the city of Hawesville, the other throughout the whole county. Here’s how it will work according to Hancock County Clerks: f the city of Hawesville approves it, but the county does not, that means alcohol sales will still be allowed in the city of Hawesville. But if the county measure is approved, that means sales will be allowed through the whole county, no matter the result of the vote for the city of Hawesville.

“I think the county should have it,” says David Cooper of Hancock County. “Because there’s more people outside the city than there is in the city.”

The Hancock County vote is the latest to happen across western Kentucky in recent years. Voters in places ranging from Sebree and Providence in Webster County, and the Thorobed area of Daviess County, decided to allow sales in the past year. Like opinions, prediction how the vote will go also vary.

“I think it’s going to go through, barely,” Mattingly says.

“I don’t think it will go through,” Jackson counters.

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(This story was originally published on October 23, 2019)

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