Cheaper Voting Procedure

From AP wires:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) – One area in Kentucky still won’t be able to buy alcohol – a decision made by the flip of a coin.

A vote held Wednesday on whether to allow alcohol sales in the Graham Precinct in Daviess County ended with a 21-21 tie. So officials flipped a half-dollar coin to decide the issue, and the Messenger-Inquirer newspaper reports ( it came up tails.

David Osborne, the county clerk, said the election’s outcome was “unprecedented” in an issue vote.

The county has 65 precincts where alcohol sales are legal and 17 where they are not.

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  • Pat Pope

    My mother grew up in a dry county in Kentucky; not sure if it still is or not or if it’s included as one of the precints in the article.

    By the way, did they vote as to whether or not to accept the flipping of a coin as an acceptable process?

  • Michael Ray

    It just illustrates how important one vote can be. Or 11 Million. Andy Andrews has a new book out that emphasizes that every election in the US in the last 30 years has been decided by fewer than 10 million votes. 100 million people of voting age didn’t vote. Just getting 10 percent of those to vote could change the outcome of an election.

    But what’s really scary is that Andy points out that only 10 percent of the people in Germany were members of the Nazi Party. 10 percent can sway a nation in the right direction or the wrong direction.

    I highly recommend Andy’s book. It’s not political in that it doesn’t advocate for or against a party or politician, just that we hold our politicians accountable to tell the truth.