absentee voting on mixed drinks begins Nov. 18
Dare County Board of Elections will operate two one-stop absentee
voting sites for the Dec. 7 referendum on serving liquor by the drink
in restaurants and other venues in Hatteras Township, which includes
the southern villages of Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras.
Only registered voters in the three villages affected can vote in the
referendum. Voter registration is available at both one-stop sites.
One-stop absentee voting will begin on Thursday, Nov. 18, and continue
through Dec. 3 on Hatteras Island and Dec. 4 at the Board of Elections
office in Manteo
One-stop absentee voting sites are:
County Board of Elections office, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive,
Manteo. Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., beginning
Thursday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Dec. 3. On Saturday, Dec. 4, hours
are 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Center, 46830 Highway 12, Buxton. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m., beginning Thursday, Nov. 18, and ending on Friday, Dec. 3.
One-stop absentee voting will not be available on Nov. 25 and 26 in
observance of Thanksgiving holidays. The elections office in
Manteo and Fessenden Center in Buxton will be closed.
On Election Day, Tuesday, Dec. 7, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.
until 7:30 p.m.
Persons with questions about registration, absentee ballots, one-stop
voting, and other election matters can call the Board of Elections
office at 252-475-5630 or 475-5631.
September 29, 2010
Hatteras villages will be voting on mixed drinks on Dec. 7
Hatteras islanders will be voting again this year on the controversial
issue of liquor by the drink in local restaurants and other venues.
Yesterday, the Dare County Board of Elections approved a petition by
voters for a referendum in Hatteras Township only, which includes the
southern island villages of Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras.
The referendum is set for Tuesday, Dec. 7, and only voters in Hatteras
Township are eligible to vote and only establishments in the southern
villages would be able to sell liquor by the drink if it passes.
Melva Garrison, director of the Dare County Board of Elections,
confirmed that a group of Hatteras islanders had turned in a petition
last week and asked for a referendum.
In order to get the referendum, the organizers needed the signatures of
25 percent of the registered voters in Hatteras Township.
would be, Garrison said, 581 signatures, all of which needed to be
Garrison confirmed on Monday that there were more at least the required
number of signers.
The organizers of this year’s attempt to get mixed drinks into
restaurants that by law can serve only beer and wine on Hatteras Island
is Dennis Robinson of Midgett Realty, who signed the request with the
board of elections to get the petition drive started.
“I feel it would be a great amenity for the three villages for people
to be able to have a mixed beverage in a restaurant,” Robinson said.
He said, and other restaurants owners confirm, that many visitors
continue to order mixed drinks at restaurants and are surprised to find
they are not available.
And Robinson noted another reason that played a prominent role in a
failed 2007 referendum on liquor by the drink – mixed drinks are
available on the northern beaches and have been available to the south
in Ocracoke since early 2007.
This, supporters say, would “level the playing field” in the Hatteras
Robinson said that this year’s petition drive focused on Hatteras
Township – Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras village – because organizers
thought that, based on the 2007 vote, the referendum has a better
chance of passing on the southern end of the island.
It lost by larger margins in Kinnakeet Township – Avon, Rodanthe,
Waves, and Salvo – in 2007.
Those villages also sought another referendum this year on liquor by
the drink, Garrison said, but did not garner enough signatures.
The 2007 referendum on mixed drinks was defeated by a decisive
margin. Results were 855, or 56.55 percent, against and 657
43.45 in favor.
However, the referendum fared much better in Buxton, Frisco, and
Hatteras than in the northern villages. It lost by only seven
votes in Buxton, one vote in Frisco, and actually won by 33 votes in
By contrast, Avon voted down liquor by the drink by a margin of 53
votes, as did the tri-villages by a margin of 41 votes.
The referendum also tanked in absentee and early voting by a margin of
260 against and 133 for.
In 2007, the opposition to liquor by the drink was led by island
churches, and that is expected to be the case again this year.
IN 2007 REFERENDUM ON LIQUOR BY THE DRINK