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1100 Ohio Workers Collect Signatures at Polls for Ohio Casino

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The initiative petition drive for the one casino in Ohio have assembled a team of over 1100 signature collectors that are outside of polls statewide for Ohio's primary.

The paid collectors are among the largest groups that have been assembled in Ohio to collect petition signatures. These signature gatherers are braving the elements today to ensure that the casino initiative is on the ballot on November 4th, 2008. The group must submit 402,275 signatures from 88 Ohio counties, to place this constitutional initiative on the November 4th ballot.

Collection statewide began on January 4 with Ohioans circulating the petition throughout the state. The group sponsoring the initiative, plans on collecting signatures from more than 70 counties and collecting far in excess of the minimum number of registered voters needed. The petition has been certified by Attorney General Marc Dann and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (and the Ohio Ballot Board). currently have offices and locations in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Youngstown, Akron, and other areas statewide.

"We strongly believe that with the projected high turnout for this primary, it was important that we assemble a large enough team statewide to take full advantage of this historic primary. We have been told that even with the bad weather, we are receiving great support statewide," remarked Rick Lertzman, co-founder of

"This is quite exciting. This large primary turnout will enable us to finish the petition drive far ahead of schedule. Although we have to submit the signatures by August, we will be finished with the signature drive far earlier. This will enable us to present to the voters this issue far ahead of schedule," said Dr. Bradford A. pressman, co-founder of

Under the plan, a $600,000,000 destination casino/resort would employ up to 5000 Ohioans and could generate over $200,000,000 in tax revenues that would be divided among the 88 Ohio counties on a per capita basis.

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