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Special election to determine fate of Oldham County alcohol sales

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There are only a handful of places in Oldham County where you can buy packaged alcohol There are only a handful of places in Oldham County where you can buy packaged alcohol
The founder of BalanceOldhamCounty.Org didn't want to use her name but she wants to get the message out there and encourage people to vote no. The founder of BalanceOldhamCounty.Org didn't want to use her name but she wants to get the message out there and encourage people to vote no.
The owner of Kentucky Artisan Distillery says he's losing money because of it, but he hopes a special election will help turn things around. The owner of Kentucky Artisan Distillery says he's losing money because of it, but he hopes a special election will help turn things around.

CRESTWOOD, Ky (WDRB) -- A special election will decide whether or not to allow expanded alcohol sales in Oldham County, which is currently a moist area.

The last time residents of Oldham County had the option to vote about alcohol sales was in 1987.

"That was a very long time ago and I think attitudes and opinions have changed,” said Scott Whitehouse, chairman of the Oldham County Expanded Alcohol Sales Committee.

Currently, packaged liquor can't be sold in the county -- except in La Grange.

Many Oldham County residents drive to Jefferson County to buy alcohol and they say they'd rather that money be invested where they live.

“Voting to go wet does not increase alcohol consumption. People who live in Oldham County who currently consume alcohol are purchasing that alcohol in Jefferson County. Therefore, their tax dollars are going to Jefferson County,” said Whitehouse.

"Currently I go down to Tinseltown, a liquor store there in Tinseltown,” said Larry Frerman, an Oldham County resident.

Some residents think the current law is taking business away from the county. Distilleries can't serve samples and may have to relocate if the law remains.

Even so, some want the county to stay moist.

“It will increase DUIs. It will increase bar fights and other things that come along with adding bars to our amazing county,” said a woman who wanted her name withheld.

Others believe the law is outdated.

"Get with the times. You're not doing anything but hurting yourselves and hurting potential residents in Oldham County. It's good for the county. What harm is it going to do?" said Frerman.

If the wet vote fails, it will be another three years before the issue can be petitioned again.

If you live in Oldham County, the special election is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday at your normal polling place.

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