June 12, 2013 — In something of a surprise, Grayson voters decided Tuesday to resume the legal sale of alcoholic beverages for the first time since all of Carter County voted itself “dry” in 1937.
The final tally, including 33 absentee ballots, was 511 “yes” votes in favor and 393 “no” votes in opposition.
The total turnout was 904.
“Wet” supporters prevailed in six of the city’s seven precincts. Oakland voted “no” 54-50.
Carter County Clerk Mike Johnston said no problems were reported at the two polling places, Prichard Elementary School and East Middle School.
The last time Grayson voters faced a local option ballot was in 1971 when the “dry” forces took a 3-1 margin of victory when 1,012 persons went to the polls.
Grayson now joins the Iron Hill precinct near Carter City as the only locations in Carter County where alcoholic beverages can be legally purchased.
Following the end of Prohibition in 1933, Carter County voters favored legal alcohol sales by a vote of 2,445 to 1,721.
That changed in 1937 when county voters switched the county back to “dry” on a tally of 2,581 to 2,128.
Of Kentucky’s 120 counties, statistics compiled three months ago listed 37 counties as “dry”, 33 as “wet” and 50 as “moist” in that they have cities or individual precincts where alcoholic beverages may be sold legally.
Under state law, the local option question cannot go back on the ballot in Grayson for at least three years.