Sunday liquor sales up for vote in Bucklin

2/13/2012

By MARY CLARKIN

By MARY CLARKIN

Special to The Telegram

BUCKLIN — Voters in this Ford County city of approximately 800 residents will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a liquor question.

The ballot in the special election asks if a charter ordinance exempting Bucklin from a state statute and providing a substitute and additional provision on the subject, shall take effect. Translation: Shall the sale of alcohol on Sunday afternoons be allowed within Bucklin?

Bucklin Mayor Mike Fisher said Sunday sales are allowed in Ford, about seven miles away, and Coldwater, 20-plus miles from Bucklin.

When talk about allowing Sunday sales began, Bucklin had a liquor store and two convenience stores, Fisher said. Since that time, he said, the city has lost the liquor store and one convenience store.

"We felt if we went ahead," Fisher said, and the question passed, it might lead to the reopening of the liquor store and convenience store.

"We do not condone drunk driving," he said, and allowing Sunday sales will not mean people will have to make purchases on that day.

"You still have choice," he said.

Sunday sales would not be permitted on certain holidays, as stipulated in state statute, he also said.

This will be Ford County's first election since the state's photo voter identification law took effect Jan. 1. County election officials traveled to Cimarron in January, when that city's swimming pool ballot was the first election in Kansas under the new I.D. law, to observe procedures in advance of the Bucklin election.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Bucklin Public Library.

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