Table Games Vote Set For Kanawha, Hancock

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Kanawha County voters must wait until August Eleventh to vote on whether to allow casino table games at its racetrack.

But voters in Hancock County will decide sooner. That county's special election is now set for June 30th.

All four counties with racetrack casinos initially scheduled votes for June Ninth, but only Ohio and Jefferson counties managed to meet the legal requirement to advertise the elections in two newspapers 30 days in advance.

The Kanawha County Commission unanimously picked August Eleventh to meet a second requirement that elections be scheduled 90 days in advance.

Nitro's Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming Center agrees with today's decision. Track officials say they will continue to cover the costs related to the special election.

Outside the Kanawha County Courthouse, ministers and other gambling foes vowed to use the delay to campaign to defeat table games at the polls.

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