Table Games Vote Postponed

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

This weekend is when Kanawha County voters were supposed to head to the polls to vote on table games.

Instead, because of a legal issue, the vote has been pushed back until August.

In the meantime, three other counties will be voting before Kanawha.

Normally when people go to the polls they don't know the outcome and that will generally be true when Kanawha County voters decide whether or not to allow table games at the Tri State Race Track.

What they will know is how people in three other West Virginia counties voted.

Kevin McCoy of the West Virginia Family Foundation said it will allow people to have more information before they vote.

There are four racetrack counties voting this weekend including Jefferson, Ohio, Hancock, and finally Kanawha.

Kanawha County Commissioner Kent Carper is all for table games and thinks the fact that the other counties will go first will only help.

“We’ll just see what happens if may be two out of three, or three of three, you just don't know and that's kind of a unique situation,” Carper said, “It could be that the voters will decide it's important what someone else does and they'll take a look at that.”

As for those who oppose table games, they believe the late election date will help them.

“It was through our threat of legal action that brought that about and it does give us breathing room that now we can get our message out to the churches and people in the community to get out the vote,” McCoy said.

Separate election dates wasn't how it was intended, but it's now a gamble both sides are willing to bet on.

Kanawha and Hancock were the two counties who missed the deadline to advertise the special election, which is why it's pushed back.

Hancock voters will go to the polls June 30 and Kanawha County voters will be voting August 11.

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