1,981 people voted to stay dry, and 1,589 voted to go wet.
This is the not the first time a wet-dry vote was on the ballot in Knott County. In 2012, the county voted to stay dry, 789 votes short of going wet.
Gary Franklin thought the election was only trouble. "I don't know why people didn't get that we just don't want this in our county," he said. "We don't need alcohol. We've survived without it, and we'll continue to survive without it, you know. It hasn't brought or kept businesses in this area."
Store leaders from Hindman's Pig in a Poke do not disagree. Manager Charlie Roberts told WYMT, they did not choose to open their new location in hopes of being able to sell alcohol. "Because when you think about pig in a poke, you don't think about alcohol, you think about our food," said Roberts.
Ezalee Pigman, who presented the petition to Knott County, the county needs to look for alternate ways of generating revenue. "We have a lot of work to do. We still have a pill problem, an economic problem... we have a budget shortfall and that's got to be solved by somebody," he said.
Pigman said he plans on getting another petition signed in three years (the minimum for wet/dry votes) and try again in 2020.