Voters turn down alcohol sales in Graves County

About 5,400 voters voted against sales in Graves County’s wet/dry vote Tuesday while 4,593 voted yes. Of the county’s registered voters, 40 percent cast a ballot. 

It started out as a close race, and there was a lot of back and forth before all the polling places had their numbers in.

It may look quiet now but people were crowding behind these doors turning numbers from polling places into the county clerk.

Ultimately, voters made their choice.

"This is what I was expecting," Graves County Clerk Berry Kennemore says. "I was hoping weather would turn out good, and it did. Our roads were clear, so we were ready to go."

"You never know to the end"Kennemore said.

In the end, voters like Cheryl Lancaster got their way.

"(Alcohol) ruins too man families," Lancaster says. "It’s just not something I’m for"

The vote was disappointing to others, like Shannon Bradley.

"I don’t think everyone was represented," Bradley says. "I think a lot of people in this county feels like their vote don’t county."

Kennemore says voters made their choice heard.

"I think this is what the people of Graves County wanted, and that’s the way it goes," Kennemore says.

 Others feel it’s not over yet 

"We’re not going down without a fight." Bradley says. "We’ll be back."

Under state law another special election pushing for alcohol sales can’t happen in the county for three years.

Alcohol sales are currently legal by the drink in Mayfield restaurants with more than 100 seats and the Mayfield Golf and Country Club. 

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