May 22, 2013 —
A group calling itself “Citizens for Positive Progress” sponsored half-page ads on behalf of the “dry” side in the Journal-Times and another local publication.
Keith Bays, who organized the petition drive to put local option on the ballot, said at the time that he and others supporting a “wet” vote have no plans at present to form a campaign organization.
Kentucky law requires any group of at least three persons which spends $1,000 or more to influence the outcome of an election must register with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.
Known legally as an “issues committee”, such a group must compile and submit records of campaign contributions of $100 or more and must report all expenses, just like an individual running for elective office.
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.
By virtue of the legal winery sales at Iron Hill, Carter County is considered “moist”.
Regardless of the outcome on June 11, the issue cannot go back on the ballot for at least three years, according to state law.
Johnston said this week that his office will be publishing and posting notices to remind voters than only legal residents of the City of Grayson are eligible to vote in the June 11 special election.
Keith Kappes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 800-247-6142.