Casino Signature Drive Survives Legal Challenge

Casino Signature Drive Survives Legal Challenge

A Mahoning County judge declined to cut short a petition drive seeking to place a four casino measure on this November’s ballot. With less than a month left for petitioners to submit roughly 400,000 signatures, opponents of the four casino plan sought to end the campaign in court. The opponents brought with them video of signature-seekers making false claims about the effects and locations of the proposed casinos. Judge James Evans barred the petitioners “from misrepresenting the contents, purpose or effect” of the proposal, but he did not place any other restrictions on the group. If the petition drive is successful, Ohio voters will decide whether to amend the state’s Constitution to allow casinos to be built in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.

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