Signatures being reviewed for potential dry/wet ballot referendum in Warren County

As of 6:30 Tuesday night, deputy clerks at the Warren County Clerk’s Office were counting signatures on a petition requesting a wet/dry referendum on the November ballot. 

Those who signed the petition are requesting a referendum be placed on the November ballot to allow Warren County voters to choose whether unincorporated areas of the county permit the sale of alcohol.

The filing deadline was 4:00 p.m. and 12,300 signatures were required. 

The City of Bowling Green allows the sale of alcohol within the city limits, while unincorporated areas remain dry. 

Earlier in the afternoon, Warren County Clerk, Lynette Yates, said it did not look promising for the area businesses that had been collecting the signatures, since the campaign to get the signatures started only a couple of weeks ago. Yates said only 4,000-5,000 signatures had been collected as of the 4:00 p.m. deadline. 

"They (the businesses) were just two weeks out, so it really wasn’t a lot of time for them to get everything going," said Yates. 

Later in the evening, Yates told WNKY in a text message conversation that there "could be an Option B" for supporters of the measure, but she did not elaborate. 

The review of the signatures could last until Wednesday evening.