Hancock County residents will vote in November on the sale of alcohol.

The vote is known as a "wet-dry" vote, and will appear on the general election ballot this November.

Hancock County Clerk Trina Ogle said that for the vote to take place, a number of signatures on a petition would need to equal 25% of the total votes cast in the previous general election.

"The deadline to file that petition was June 4, and they met that deadline to go on the November general election," Ogle said.

Ogle also said that the signatures on the petition have been verified and the order to put the issue on the November ballot was made by Hancock County Judge-Executive Johnny W. Roberts, Jr.

Ogle said that since this vote will appear on the general election ballot, there will be no additional cost to the county for the election.

This is not the first time Hancock County has seen a referendum on alcohol sales.

Ogle said in March 2008, one precinct in Hancock County held a vote on the issue.

Out of a precinct of about 500 people, Ogle said the vote had 102 ballots in favor of going wet against 121 ballots in favor of staying dry.

For November's wet-dry vote, Ogle said 533 names were needed on the petition. However, Ogle said more than 750 names were logged on the petition.

Hawesville will also hold a wet-dry vote this November. Ogle said the petition in Hawesville required 95 names. Ogle said the Hawesville petition ended with 5 more than were needed.

"It sounds like there's a lot of people that are supporting it," Ogle said. "But you don't know until election day who goes out to vote."

Jack Dobbs, 270-691-7360, jdobbs@messenger-inquirer.com.

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