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Gambling A Big Issue As Election Day Arrives Around The US

At one point in the US, gambling was considered to be a taboo subject for lawmakers. Those who wanted to expand legal gambling in a state were often afraid to take on the masses that wanted no part of gambling expansion. That was then, and this is now.

Gambling is now growing at its fastest rate in the history of the US, and voters get yet another chance to expand the industry when they take to the polls today. Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey are just a few of the states where gambling questions are on the ballot today.

In New Hampshire, voters will be watching closely as the Senate Ways and Means Committee decides if they will advance a gaming bill that would bring four new casinos to the state. Analysts believe this bill has a chance of passing, and if it does, New Hampshire would suddenly become a major player in the East Coast gaming industry.

The Northeast has become a hotbed for gaming expansion over the past decade, and that has left New Jersey to try and stay ahead of their new found competitors. In New Jersey, voters will be asked today if they would authorize sports betting. It is expected that the sports gambling measure will pass by a large margin. Senator Raymond Lesniak has been the driving force behind the gambling expansion movement in the state.

Maine residents have been unpredictable when it comes to the gambling issue. Six proposals have come up in the past decade. Four of the questions were rejected, while two other gambling initiatives were approved. One of those wins produced Hollywood Slots. The second casino, in Oxford, is not set to open until next year.

The irony in the state is that the same development groups that pushed for voters to approve casinos in the past, are asking voters to reject the new plan. The existing casinos would hold a monopoly over casino gambling in Maine if the proposals are rejected by voters. Lobbyists on both sides of the issue have spent millions of dollars in recent months attempting to sway voters.

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