More than 300 people cast their votes in favor of alcohol during Tuesday’s primary election in Todd County, reversing a tradition of no alcohol sales in the city of Elkton that has been in place for a century.
Todd County Deputy Clerk Amanda Ricchuite said 313 people, or 64.94% of the voters, answered “yes” to a question that asked voters if they would be in favor of alcohol sales in the city of Elkton.
Voting against the measure were 169 people.
Ricchuite said one person showed up at the Todd County Courthouse Tuesday protesting the measure.
The deputy clerk noted that 1,250 people, or 14% of Todd County’s eligible voters turned out for its primary election, and she attributed the numbers to interest in the local option election on alcohol.
“I think we had a higher turnout than what we were expecting,” she said following the close of polls.
The deputy clerk noted that, as of now, the city of Elkton will be permitted to sell alcohol.
Former Elkton City Attorney Jeff Traughber, who is the city’s legal counsel, explained earlier that a city the size of Elkton will be limited to two retail liquor store licenses and will have an unlimited amount of retail by the drink under state laws.
The city now joins Guthrie in Todd County in being able to serve alcohol. That south Todd County community passed liquor by the drink 10 or 15 years ago and passed a package liquor vote four or five years ago. A similar effort on package liquor conducted last year in Trenton was not approved.
The bid in Elkton began in December when Elkton residents Laura Brock and Michael Case and Todd County resident Rhonda Werner joined together and filed an intent to start a petition with the Todd County clerk’s office. That petition garnered enough signatures to put the issue on the primary ballot.
Some said it was time to spend the money generated from alcohol sales in Elkton and not elsewhere.
Others were not in favor of the measure, and as election time approached, signs posted throughout the community showed people’s views either for or against the effort.
Case said he, Brock and Werner were anxious Tuesday as results from the day’s election began coming in until they saw what he described as a resounding victory.
“In a small town, you just never know for sure,” he said.
Brock said they appreciated the city residents who came out and let their voices be heard.
In other Todd votes cast during Tuesday’s primary, Republicans in the county voted for incumbent Governor Matt Bevin and his running mate, Ralph A. Alvarado, the candidate for lieutenant governor.
In that race, 191 people or 54.4% of voters, cast their ballots for Bevin and Alvarado.
In the Republican primary for secretary of state, 139 people or 44.55% of voters, cast their ballots for Michael G. Adams, with 182 votes or 57.41% in favor of Daniel Cameron for attorney general and 247 votes or 77.67% favoring incumbent Ryan Quarles for commissioner of agriculture.
In the Democratic primary in Todd County, the following came out on top: Rocky Adkins and Stephanie Horne, in the race for governor and lieutenant governor, with 369 votes or 44.67%; Heather French Henry, in the secretary of state race, with 305 votes or 40.08% of voters; Kelsey Hayes Coots, in the auditor of public accounts’ race, with 320 votes or 44.44%; Michael Bowman for state treasurer, with 554 votes or 78.25% of voters; and Robert Haley Conway for commissioner of agriculture.
In Todd County, 504 Democrats voted for Conway to be the next commissioner, with 67.83% of the votes going to Conway.
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