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Marshall County Wet/Dry Referendum Set for July 28

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Marshall County judge-executive Chyrill Miller has signed an executive order authorizing a special election after 3,366 residents signed a petition in support of legalizing alcohol sales in the county. That number meets the required 25 percent of voters in last year’s general election.

The referendum is now set to take place Tuesday, July 28.

Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Randy Newcomb spearheaded the effort to collect the signatures. He says it’s up to the voters now.

“We are going to be supportive of the initiative. We’re not going to do any signs. We’re not doing a big ad campaign," Newcomb said. "We feel this is up to the people. They know if they’re for it or if they’re against it. They don’t need us telling them.”

It’s been three years since the option to go wet was narrowly defeated in Marshall County. More than 13,000 people turned out in that July 2012 vote - well over half the number of registered voters in the county as of last May.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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