Alcohol vote set for Tuesday
by Justin McGill, Executive Editor --
Sep 23, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Based on last year’s Presidential election and current absentee voting statistics, Trigg County Clerk Wanda Thomas predicted a 55-percent turnout for Tuesday’s referendum to repeal prohibition.

As of Monday afternoon, Thomas’ office had mailed 122 absentee ballots, and 131 voters who said they’d be unable to vote Tuesday had voted at the clerk’s office. In November, 443 Trigg County recorded 443 absentee votes and an overall voter turnout of 66 percent (6,620 voters).

“Usually, we have a lot more [absentees] in office than we have mailed,” Thomas said, adding that the deadline to register for mailed ballots passed yesterday.

Since November, the number of registered county voters has increased slightly from 10,020 to 10,339. While the number of registered voters has steadily increased in recent elections (9,590 in Nov. 2006, 9,855 in Nov. 2007), voter turnout in November was significantly higher than normal after a 34-percent turnout in Nov. 2006 and 39 percent in Nov. 2007.

In 1980, the last time a countywide alcohol election was held here, voter turnout was 4,552, 73 percent of 6,262 registered voters.
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