Registered voters inside the City of McKee will have an opportunity next week to make history in the City of McKee and also the entirety of Jackson County. On Monday, September 09, 2019. Judge Gabbard formally entered Order #09032019 into the minutes of the fiscal court meeting authorizing (pursuant to KRS 242.030) the placement of a “local option election question” on the upcoming November 05th, 2019 McKee City ballot. The action of the fiscal court was mandated because a petition was circulated within the City of McKee that successfully garnered enough signatures to include the local option question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of McKee” on the upcoming November 5th, 2019 General Election City of McKee ballot. According to Judge Gabbard, in order to meet the standard set forth by KRS 242.020, the petition submitted by a City of McKee voter required signatures from at least 25% of the registered voters within the city limits. There are 200 registered voters in McKee city limits. The criterion required at least 50 signatures and they obtained 52.
The last time this issue was addressed by Jackson County voters was in 1937. According to the April 08th, 1937 issue of the Jackson County Sun, Jackson County was voted “dry” on April 03rd, 1937 with a vote of 1,568 to 214. The voting was the result of a drive that began in September 1936. A petition was secured with the required number of signatures to place the local option on the ballot for the next election. However, improper posting of public notices delayed the vote from the initial date of December 05, 1936 to April 03, 1937. The local option law forbid the sale of all alcoholic beverages within the county. Approximately one third of all the voters participated in the vote.
Although a formal action was required from Judge Gabbard and the fiscal court to issue the order (#09032019) that would authorize the local option question on the ballot, the ultimate decision will rest entirely with the registered voters within the McKee City limits. The wet/dry vote has garnered substantial interest throughout Jackson County, however, this local option question applies only to voters registered within the City of McKee. Anyone attempting to illegally vote outside their precinct will be subject to prosecution. Jackson County Clerk Donald “Duck” Moore has made the following information available to the residents of Jackson County through a public notice in the Jackson County Sun:
“There will be a local election option question regarding a wet/dry vote within the City limits of McKee only, on the November 5th, 2019 General Election Ballot. For a person to be eligible to vote within the city , the voter must reside within the City limits. Your physical address where you live must be within the defined city limits; PO Box numbers do not count as your physical address.
Determination of voter’s residence KRS 116.035 (1) A voter’s residence shall be deemed to be at the place where his or her habitation is, and to which, when absent, he or she has the intention of returning.
KRS 119.025 Wrongful Registration…Any person who knowingly or fraudulently causes himself to be registered in more than one precinct, or to be registered more than once, or in a precinct other than the one in which he is a legal voter, or who registers under any name other than his real name, or who gives a false address, or who in any manner causes himself to be registered when he is not legally entitled to register, or who makes a false oath as to his ability to read or write, or who knowingly or fraudulently aids, abets, counsels or advises in the commission of such an act, shall be subject to penalties prescribed for Class D. Felonies.