Bullitt County History

The Creation of the Mount Vernon Voting Precinct in 1820

Prior to the passage of this Act of the General Assembly in February 1820, Bullitt County had a single voting precinct centered in the town of Shepherdsville. By this act, a new precinct was created to serve the eastern part of the county including the town of Mount Vernon which would later be re-named as Mt. Washington.

This act also created a voting precinct in Barren County, as noted below.

Acts Passed at the First Session of the Twenty-Eighth General Assembly for the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Frankfort, 1820; pages 889-890

An ACT to erect election precincts in Barren and Bullitt Counties.

Approved February 7, 1820.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That all that part of Barren county, lying east of a line beginning at the Dripping spring meeting-house, and running due north and south across the said county of Barren, shall be an election precinct; and the county court of Barren county, shall appoint judges and a clerk of the election to be held in said precinct, who shall be governed in all respects as the judges and clerks of other election precincts heretofore established in said county of Barren.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the election to be held in the precinct established in the foregoing section of this act, shall be held in the town of Edmonton, at the house of William Cooke, or at a house which may be provided by the citizens of said town for that purpose, on the public square in said town; and the sheriff or his deputy, who may attend the election in said precinct, shall meet at the court-house in Glasgow, on the Saturday after the commencement of the general election, for the purpose of comparing the polls, and making out a certificate for those elected, in the manner provided by law.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That all the eastern end of Bullitt county contained in the following bounds, to wit: Beginning at the Jefferson county line near Thomas Heathman's mill on Cedar creek, to include the said Heathman's;running thence to John Trunnell's on the road leading from Mount Vernon to Shepherdsville; from thence to the mouth of Britton White's spring branch; from thence to Samuel Simmons'; thence south twenty degrees east to the Nelson county line; thence with said line to the Shelby line; thence with the Shelby line to the Jefferson county line; and thence with said line and the Bullitt line to the beginning; shall be an election precinct for Bullitt county; and the qualified voters may at all elections meet at the house of Craven Payton in the town of Mount Vernon in said precinct, and give their votes; and that nothing herein contained, shall prevent the qualified voters in said precinct from voting at the court-house.

Sec. 4. Be it further enacted, That the county court of Bullitt, shall at the time of appointing judges and a clerk to conduct the election at the court-house, appoint a clerk and judges to conduct the election in the precinct; and if the clerk or either of the judges shall fail to act, the vacancy shall be filled in the manner prescribed by law in similar cases.

Sec. 5. Be it further enacted, That the sheriff of said county, shall by himself or deputy, attend the election in the precinct, and shall conduct the same according to law; and shall on the Saturday succeeding the close of the election, meet at the court-house in said county, and compare the polls according to law.

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